Opioids

Excessive Opioid Prescribing Still Rampant in US

Excessive Opioid Prescribing Still Rampant in US

Even though there are concerns about opioid addiction and misuse, there are still more than 1/3 of Americans using them.

Opioid Dose Reduction May Improve Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

Opioid Dose Reduction May Improve Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

Quality of life and improved pain and function may be achieved by reducing opioid doses.

The Role of Hospitalists in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The Role of Hospitalists in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Hospitalists must use opioids judiciously, including adhering to specific dose limits and setting expectations for pain control, medication stop dates, and refills.

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Tied to Worse Outcomes in Polyneuropathy

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Tied to Worse Outcomes in Polyneuropathy

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Most prescriptions for long-term opioid therapy were written by internal or family medicine physicians.

Acceptance Therapy May Reduce Opioid Dependence in Patients

Acceptance Therapy May Reduce Opioid Dependence in Patients

Patients with chronic pain may have a lower risk of becoming addicted to opioids if they are taught coping skills.

Curbing the Opioid Epidemic: A National Academies of Science Report

Curbing the Opioid Epidemic: A National Academies of Science Report

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The NASEM report, which was commissioned by the FDA, gives an update on current research in the pain field.

FDA Moves to Remove Opioid From the Market

FDA Moves to Remove Opioid From the Market

An FDA panel previously voted that the drug's benefits no longer outweigh its risks.

Buprenorphine Superior to Morphine in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Buprenorphine Superior to Morphine in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Sublingual buprenorphine was associated with shorter duration of treatment and shorter length of hospital stay.

New Guidelines: Opioids for Chronic Pain in the VA Health System

New Guidelines: Opioids for Chronic Pain in the VA Health System

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The VA and DoD issue a clinical practice guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain in veterans.

VIDEO: Opioid Addiction May Be Linked to Genetic Variant

New research suggests that opioid addiction may be linked to a genetic variant, and more personalized treatment may help those with the change.

Opioid Abuse May Be Linked to Sudden-Onset Amnesia

Opioid Abuse May Be Linked to Sudden-Onset Amnesia

The abuse of opioids or other substances may cause short-term amnesia.

Spinal Cord Stimulation May Reduce Opioid Use in Chronic Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation May Reduce Opioid Use in Chronic Pain

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Patients with successful spinal cord stimulation implants had significantly reduced opioid use 1 year post-implant.

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

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The FDA instituted widespread updates to product labeling for opioid medications in December, 2016.

DEA Delays Decision to Ban Kratom

DEA Delays Decision to Ban Kratom

Kratom may be used to develop nonaddictive alternatives to opioids.

Sleep Disturbance Common in Chronic Pain

Sleep Disturbance Common in Chronic Pain

Opioid usage may exacerbate the problem.

Serotonin Toxicity a Major Concern in Migraine Treatment

Serotonin Toxicity a Major Concern in Migraine Treatment

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Clinicians need to remain vigilant when prescribing tramadol, as its concurrent use with opioids poses a risk of serotonin toxicity.

Elderly May Be at Lower Risk of Opioid Abuse

Elderly May Be at Lower Risk of Opioid Abuse

Patients who underwent thoracic surgery were at the greatest risk of long-term opioid use.

Illicit Use of Gabapentin on the Rise

Illicit Use of Gabapentin on the Rise

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A surprising number of patients already prescribed opioids were found to be abusing gabapentin.

Buprenorphine Implant Effective for Reducing Opioid Dependence

Buprenorphine Implant Effective for Reducing Opioid Dependence

The 6-month implant is more expensive than the pills, costing about $4,900 -- or more than $800 a month.

Risk of Chronic Opioid Use After Common Surgeries

Risk of Chronic Opioid Use After Common Surgeries

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A restricted number of surgical procedures are not associated with increased incidence of chronic opioid use.

Medical Schools Stepping Up Opioid Abuse Training

Medical Schools Stepping Up Opioid Abuse Training

American medical school students spend much less time learning about pain than their international peers.

Opioid Use Mortality Linked to Cardiovascular Complications

Opioid Use Mortality Linked to Cardiovascular Complications

Much of the risk is related to cardiovascular complications, not overdoses.

Opioid Prescriptions Drop, but Overdose Deaths Still Rising

Opioid Prescriptions Drop, but Overdose Deaths Still Rising

There has been a 12 to 18% drop in opioid prescriptions since 2012.

FDA Considers Mandatory Opioid Prescribing Training

FDA Considers Mandatory Opioid Prescribing Training

An FDA committee will meet this week to review the risk-management plans.

Naltrexone Injection Reduces Opioid Relapse Risk

Naltrexone Injection Reduces Opioid Relapse Risk

The effects of the opioid-relapse prevention treatment waned after treatment discontinuation.

Opioids Being Prescribed for Longer Than Recommended

Opioids Being Prescribed for Longer Than Recommended

Twenty-five percent of doctors write month-long opioid prescriptions.

FDA Issues Guidance on Generic Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

FDA Issues Guidance on Generic Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

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The new guideline is the latest in an overhaul designed to curb opioid abuse.

Opioid Medications to Get New Boxed Warnings

Opioid Medications to Get New Boxed Warnings

Revised labeling will occur across all types of opioids.

Physicians Sound Off On New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Physicians Sound Off On New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Some concerns include a lack of evidence underlying recommendations.

Non-Opioid Pathway Could Alter the Way We Treat Chronic Pain

Non-Opioid Pathway Could Alter the Way We Treat Chronic Pain

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While mindfulness meditation has previously been associated with pain relief, the mechanistic action behind this has been unclear.

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