Acute pain is lessened with opioid treatment but depression is associated with reduced response to acute opioid treatment.
Definitive testing can detect deviations from prescribed opioid treatment regimens.
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Patients with chronic pain are already stigmatized, distrustful of physicians, and vulnerable to coercion.
Six building blocks for improving the delivery of chronic opioid therapy were proposed.
Opioid treatment of acute postoperative pain was shown to cause high rates of postoperative nausea and vomiting, particularly in women and younger patients.
The study compared opioid vs non-opioid treatment in 240 patients with either moderate to severe chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain.
The FDA has accepted the NDA for review for Belbuca buccal film for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment.
Egalet announced the launch of Arymo ER extended-release tablets for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment.
Ketamine may alleviate depression, pain, and adverse effects associated with opioid treatment, and may thus represent an attractive adjunct therapy for pain management.
The law restricting access to medication-assisted treatment with methadone to opioid treatment programs may have contributed to reducing opioid-related overdose death rates in the United States.