Pain Management

Anticonvulsants Seem to Be Ineffective for Low Back Pain

Anticonvulsants Seem to Be Ineffective for Low Back Pain

Anticonvulsant drugs are ineffective for chronic low back pain and can cause harm, despite a recent increase in prescribing.

New Rules May Constrain Docs' Ability to Treat Chronic Pain

New Rules May Constrain Docs' Ability to Treat Chronic Pain

New laws and regulations designed to limit the use of prescription narcotics may further constrain doctors' ability to treat patients.

NIH Initiative Aims to Address Opioid Misuse Over Long Term

NIH Initiative Aims to Address Opioid Misuse Over Long Term

A novel, innovative initiative is being developed to help end addiction over the long term.

Meds for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Mortality in OD Survivors

Meds for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Mortality in OD Survivors

Use of medications for opioid use disorder is associated with a reduction in all-cause and opioid-related mortality after opioid overdose.

Illicit Opioid Trade Up With Restrictions on Hydrocodone

Illicit Opioid Trade Up With Restrictions on Hydrocodone

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.

FDA Warns Websites Marketing Unapproved Opioids

FDA Warns Websites Marketing Unapproved Opioids

Nine online networks have been warned that they must stop illegally marketing potentially dangerous, and misbranded versions of opioid medications.

FDA: Opioid Antidote Naloxone Recalled

FDA: Opioid Antidote Naloxone Recalled

A recall of the opioid overdose antidote Naloxone was announced Monday.

NDA for First-of-Its-Kind Opioid Analgesic Submitted to FDA

NDA for First-of-Its-Kind Opioid Analgesic Submitted to FDA

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A NDA has been submitted for NKTR-181, an opioid analgesic molecule designed to provide pain relief with fewer CNS-mediated side effects.

Psychological Therapies May Help Older Adults With Chronic Pain

Psychological Therapies May Help Older Adults With Chronic Pain

For older adults with chronic pain, psychological interventions have small benefits, including reducing pain and catastrophizing beliefs.

Neuroscience Education, Motor Control Training Ease Spinal Pain

Neuroscience Education, Motor Control Training Ease Spinal Pain

For individuals with chronic spinal pain, pain neuroscience education combined with cognition-targeted motor control training seems more effective than PT.

Education, Depression, Pain Associated With Opioid Misuse

Education, Depression, Pain Associated With Opioid Misuse

Higher education, illicit drug use, depression, and pain interference with normal work are significantly associated with opioid misuse.

Marijuana Legalization May Reduce Opioid Use

Marijuana Legalization May Reduce Opioid Use

State implementation of medical marijuana laws is associated with a reduction in the rate of opioid prescribing.

Risk of Altered Mental Status in Gabapentin-Treated Patients Explored

Risk of Altered Mental Status in Gabapentin-Treated Patients Explored

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The study included 110,184 adults (mean age: 76 years) newly started on gabapentin therapy in Ontario, Canada.

Acupuncture for Pain: Pros and Cons

Acupuncture for Pain: Pros and Cons

The reasons for and against recommending acupuncture as pain treatment are discussed.

Factors Associated With Gabapentin Overuse

Factors Associated With Gabapentin Overuse

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The odds of gabapentin overuse are significantly higher in patients who were co-prescribed opioids.

Topical Lidocaine Approved for Postherpetic Neuralgia Pain

Topical Lidocaine Approved for Postherpetic Neuralgia Pain

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The FDA has approved ZTlido to relieve pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia.

Opioid Disposal Improved With Educational Brochure

Opioid Disposal Improved With Educational Brochure

Disposal of unused opioids after surgery is improved with an educational brochure.

Opioid Prescriptions Up With Low Socioeconomic Level

Opioid Prescriptions Up With Low Socioeconomic Level

The authors examined the demographic and geographic variation and the correlation between the local economic environment and measures of individual opioid prescriptions.

Managing Chronic Pain Associated With Traumatic Brain Injury

Managing Chronic Pain Associated With Traumatic Brain Injury

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Chronic pain is common after traumatic brain injury.

Baby Boomers at High Risk for Death From Prescription Opioid Overdose

Baby Boomers at High Risk for Death From Prescription Opioid Overdose

There is a significantly increased risk of prescription opioid deaths for those born between 1947 and 1964.

Immediate Access to Opioid Agonists Reduces Associated Health Care Costs

Immediate Access to Opioid Agonists Reduces Associated Health Care Costs

There may be more health benefits at a lower cost with immediate access to opioid agonist treatment for patients with opioid use disorder.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Reduces Pain Associated With Diabetic Polyneuropathy

Spinal Cord Stimulation Reduces Pain Associated With Diabetic Polyneuropathy

Chronic pain symptoms in patients with PDPN are effectively reduced with spinal cord stimulation.

Acupuncture Relieves Pain Associated With Trigeminal Neuralgia

Acupuncture Relieves Pain Associated With Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Secondary myofascial pain and mandibular limitations were reduced in the acupuncture and sham acupuncture groups immediately after treatment.

Brief Group-Based Cognitive Intervention Effective for Adolescent Chronic Pain

Brief Group-Based Cognitive Intervention Effective for Adolescent Chronic Pain

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For adolescents with chronic pain, a combination of different therapies such as CBT and breathing exercises may be beneficial.

Gabapentin, Opioid Combo May Increase Risk of Opioid-Related Death

Gabapentin, Opioid Combo May Increase Risk of Opioid-Related Death

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There is a higher risk for opioid-related death in patients taking concomitant prescription opioids and gabapentin.

Medicare Boosted Restrictions on Opioids From 2006-2015

Medicare Boosted Restrictions on Opioids From 2006-2015

Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization in order to reduce dosing of prescription opioids.

What's the Optimal Length of Post-Op Opioid  Tx?

What's the Optimal Length of Post-Op Opioid Tx?

After surgical procedures, the optimal length of opioid prescription lies between the observed median prescription length and the early nadir.

Campaign Launched by CDC to Fight Opioid Crisis

Campaign Launched by CDC to Fight Opioid Crisis

The CDC is is launching a campaign to help fight the opioid crisis.

AMA Recommendation on Naloxone Co-Prescribing

AMA Recommendation on Naloxone Co-Prescribing

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It is recommended that physicians educate their patients/their patients' family members regarding the steps to take in case of a potential overdose.

Top 10% of Opioid Users Account for Most Drug Use

Top 10% of Opioid Users Account for Most Drug Use

The most opioid use occurs in the top 10% of privately insured adults without cancer who are using opioids.

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