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Postpartum Pain Associated With Increased Risk for Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Pain Associated With Increased Risk for Postpartum Depression

Patients at high risk for postpartum depression may need denser analgesia control after delivery.

Women Fed Soy Formula as Infants More Likely to Experience Menstrual Pain

Women Fed Soy Formula as Infants More Likely to Experience Menstrual Pain

Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Henry Ford Health System analyzed patient data from African-American women aged 23 to 35 years (N=1553) who were participating in the NIEHS Study of Environment, Lifestyle, and Fibroids (SELF).

FDA Grants Non-Opioid Analgesic VVZ-149 Fast Track Status

FDA Grants Non-Opioid Analgesic VVZ-149 Fast Track Status

The Company states that in vivo tests have shown that the compound's pain suppressing efficacy is comparable to morphine.

Dsuvia Approved for Management of Acute Pain in Healthcare Settings

Dsuvia Approved for Management of Acute Pain in Healthcare Settings

The sublingual formulation of sufentanil offers a new treatment option for patients with nothing by mouth (NPO) status and patients with difficult IV access.

Clinician Characteristics Associated With Outpatient Postoperative Opioid Prescribing

Clinician Characteristics Associated With Outpatient Postoperative Opioid Prescribing

Advanced practice providers were found to prescribe more opioids and in larger quantities compared with other physicians.

Reviewing the Links Between Opioids and Complications After Spine Surgery

Reviewing the Links Between Opioids and Complications After Spine Surgery

For patients undergoing cervical or lumbar spinal fusions, postoperative pain management with opioids is associated with higher postoperative pain scores and worse quality of life.

Patients Assume Postoperative Opioids Are Best for Pain Relief

Patients Assume Postoperative Opioids Are Best for Pain Relief

Patients undergoing surgery assume opioids will be most effective for postoperative pain relief, even if they don't expect to be prescribed opioids.

FDA Panel Votes on Drug/Device Combo to Treat Pain in Medically Supervised Setting

FDA Panel Votes on Drug/Device Combo to Treat Pain in Medically Supervised Setting

The FDA is not bound by the Committee's recommendation but takes it into consideration when making its decision.

FDA Committee Votes on First-of-Its-Kind Pain Drug Oliceridine

FDA Committee Votes on First-of-Its-Kind Pain Drug Oliceridine

Oliceridine, a G-protein biased mu-opioid receptor (MOR) ligand, has a unique mechanism of action that allows for more selective pathway activation while avoiding a pathway associated with opioid-related adverse events.

Celecoxib Offers Pain Relief Comparable to Ketorolac After Robotic Hysterectomy

Celecoxib Offers Pain Relief Comparable to Ketorolac After Robotic Hysterectomy

Patients undergoing robotic hysterectomy were found to report comparable pain scores when receiving celecoxib perioperatively or ketorolac postoperatively.

Incorrect Dosing Information Prompts Recall of Robaxin 750mg Tablets

Incorrect Dosing Information Prompts Recall of Robaxin 750mg Tablets

Robaxin is indicated as an adjunct to rest, physical therapy, and other measures for the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions.

Vibrating Kinetic Anesthesia Device May Reduce Pain Associated With Lidocaine Injections

Vibrating Kinetic Anesthesia Device May Reduce Pain Associated With Lidocaine Injections

The use of a vibrating kinetic anesthesia device may be well-tolerated and effective in reducing pain associated with infiltrative lidocaine injections for biopsy and excisional surgery.

IV Hydromorphone vs IV Acetaminophen for Severe Acute Pain in the ED

IV Hydromorphone vs IV Acetaminophen for Severe Acute Pain in the ED

Intravenous hydromorphone may provide greater analgesic effect compared with intravenous acetaminophen in adult patients presenting to the emergency department with severe acute pain.

Pregabalin May Not Improve Analgesia During Medical Abortion

Pregabalin May Not Improve Analgesia During Medical Abortion

Pregabalin co-administered with misoprostol was not found to reduce pain intensity in women initiating medical abortion, but was found to be associated with increased satisfaction and reduced use of narcotics and ibuprofen.

Role of the Perioperative Surgical Home in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic

Role of the Perioperative Surgical Home in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic

The integration of a Transitional Pain Service into a perioperative surgical home model could optimize perioperative pain control and opioid use, while reducing postdischarge hospital readmissions as well as the costs and disability linked to chronic postsurgical pain.

Pain Scores After Total Knee Arthroplasty May Predict Chronic Opioid Use

Pain Scores After Total Knee Arthroplasty May Predict Chronic Opioid Use

Acute postoperative pain scores were found to be associated with chronic opioid use after total knee arthroplasty in patients taking opioid medications prior to intervention.

Predicting Pain Chronicization After Spine Surgery

Predicting Pain Chronicization After Spine Surgery

The Pain Sensitivity Questionnaire and Pain Catastrophizing Scale were found to be predictive of a chronically painful state in patients undergoing spine surgery in a comparable manner.

Virtual Reality May Effectively Reduce Sensory, Affective, and Cognitive Pain During Labor

Virtual Reality May Effectively Reduce Sensory, Affective, and Cognitive Pain During Labor

Virtual reality may effectively alleviate pain and anxiety for unmedicated women experiencing contractions during the first stage of labor.

Wide Variations in Opioid Prescribing Practices for Surgical Procedures

Wide Variations in Opioid Prescribing Practices for Surgical Procedures

Variation exists in opioid prescribing practices among clinicians in single-hospital systems, which prompts concern about the potential for opioid overprescribing.

Opioids for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Should Be Used With Caution

Opioids for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Should Be Used With Caution

Current literature suggests that opioids should be used with caution in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea in order to prevent opioid-induced respiratory depression.

Postpartum Pain Management Recommendations From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Postpartum Pain Management Recommendations From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

A committee from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists formulated several recommendations for safely managing pain and fatigue in women during the early postpartum period.

Parenteral Opioids May Be Effective for Reducing Pain During Childbirth According to Cochrane Review

Parenteral Opioids May Be Effective for Reducing Pain During Childbirth According to Cochrane Review

The use of parenteral opioid medications may be supported for effective pain relief during labor.

Pain Societies Issue Guidelines on Use of Ketamine for the Management of Acute Pain

Pain Societies Issue Guidelines on Use of Ketamine for the Management of Acute Pain

Consensus guidelines regarding the use of ketamine for the management of acute pain have been approved.

Antipyretic Medications

Information on fever-reducing medications including formulation, strength and dosage.

Recommendations Developed for Managing Postpartum Pain

Recommendations Developed for Managing Postpartum Pain

Noting that untreated pain is associated with increased risks of greater opioid use, postpartum depression, and development of persistent pain, the authors recommend non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies as components of postpartum pain management.

Gluteal Loading Exercise May Not Improve Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

Gluteal Loading Exercise May Not Improve Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

Adding an exercise regimen to a comprehensive educational program for the management of greater trochanteric pain syndrome may not bring significant benefit.

Simple Trick May Reduce Procedural Pain

Simple Trick May Reduce Procedural Pain

Dripping lidocaine onto the skin prior to lidocaine injection may help reduce injection-associated procedural pain.

Acute Pain Treatment in the ED: Consensus Guidelines

Acute Pain Treatment in the ED: Consensus Guidelines

A panel of emergency medicine and pharmacology experts formulated guidelines for safely and effectively treating patients presenting to the emergency department with acute pain.

Conventional vs High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain

Conventional vs High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain

In a preliminary study, high-frequency spinal cord stimulation was found to be more effective in treating chronic pain than conventional stimulation.

Custom Foot Orthotics vs OTC Insoles for Plantar Heel Pain

Custom Foot Orthotics vs OTC Insoles for Plantar Heel Pain

Researchers conducted a systematic literature review to identify randomized controlled trials comparing 8 different types of foot orthotics.