Anticonvulsant drugs are ineffective for chronic low back pain and can cause harm, despite a recent increase in prescribing.
New laws and regulations designed to limit the use of prescription narcotics may further constrain doctors' ability to treat patients.
A novel, innovative initiative is being developed to help end addiction over the long term.
Use of medications for opioid use disorder is associated with a reduction in all-cause and opioid-related mortality after opioid overdose.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration's 2014 ruling to reschedule hydrocodone combination products coincided with an increase in illicit trading of opioids through online illicit markets.
Nine online networks have been warned that they must stop illegally marketing potentially dangerous, and misbranded versions of opioid medications.
A recall of the opioid overdose antidote Naloxone was announced Monday.
A NDA has been submitted for NKTR-181, an opioid analgesic molecule designed to provide pain relief with fewer CNS-mediated side effects.
For older adults with chronic pain, psychological interventions have small benefits, including reducing pain and catastrophizing beliefs.
For individuals with chronic spinal pain, pain neuroscience education combined with cognition-targeted motor control training seems more effective than PT.
Higher education, illicit drug use, depression, and pain interference with normal work are significantly associated with opioid misuse.
State implementation of medical marijuana laws is associated with a reduction in the rate of opioid prescribing.
The study included 110,184 adults (mean age: 76 years) newly started on gabapentin therapy in Ontario, Canada.
The reasons for and against recommending acupuncture as pain treatment are discussed.
The odds of gabapentin overuse are significantly higher in patients who were co-prescribed opioids.
The FDA has approved ZTlido to relieve pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia.
Disposal of unused opioids after surgery is improved with an educational brochure.
The authors examined the demographic and geographic variation and the correlation between the local economic environment and measures of individual opioid prescriptions.
Chronic pain is common after traumatic brain injury.
There is a significantly increased risk of prescription opioid deaths for those born between 1947 and 1964.
There may be more health benefits at a lower cost with immediate access to opioid agonist treatment for patients with opioid use disorder.
Chronic pain symptoms in patients with PDPN are effectively reduced with spinal cord stimulation.
Secondary myofascial pain and mandibular limitations were reduced in the acupuncture and sham acupuncture groups immediately after treatment.
For adolescents with chronic pain, a combination of different therapies such as CBT and breathing exercises may be beneficial.
There is a higher risk for opioid-related death in patients taking concomitant prescription opioids and gabapentin.
Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization in order to reduce dosing of prescription opioids.
After surgical procedures, the optimal length of opioid prescription lies between the observed median prescription length and the early nadir.
The CDC is is launching a campaign to help fight the opioid crisis.
It is recommended that physicians educate their patients/their patients' family members regarding the steps to take in case of a potential overdose.
The most opioid use occurs in the top 10% of privately insured adults without cancer who are using opioids.
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