Treatments

Morphine Lacks Efficacy for RA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

Morphine Lacks Efficacy for RA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

For patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, morphine has anti-hyperalgesic effects comparable with placebo.

Neuropathic Pain Medications

Chart with medications used to treat neuropathic pain, including diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and postherpetic neuralgia.

Narcotic Analgesic Formulations

Comparative chart of narcotic analgesics including formulations, strengths, and dosing intervals.

Preventing Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases: a CDC Guide

Preventing Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases: a CDC Guide

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The CDC has released a toolkit to help individuals protect themselves against Lyme and other tickborne diseases.

Migraine and Headache Treatments

Adult doses for migraine and headache treatments including barbiturates, ergot alkaloids, and NSAIDs.

Patient-Controlled Analgesia More Costly Than Standard Care

Patient-Controlled Analgesia More Costly Than Standard Care

For patients presenting to the emergency department in pain, who are subsequently admitted to the hospital, the cost per hour in moderate or severe pain averted is higher for patient-controlled analgesia vs standard care.

Current State of Evidence on Ketamine: Uses, Effects, Research

Current State of Evidence on Ketamine: Uses, Effects, Research

Ketamine was found to alleviate several pain modalities, and a number of clinical trials investigating its efficacy are ongoing.

New Treatment for Opioid-Induced Constipation

New Treatment for Opioid-Induced Constipation

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Naldemedine, a recently approved agent for opioid-induced constipation, showed good safety and significantly higher responder rates than placebo in a couple of 12-week, international, randomized trials.

Abuse-Deterrant Opioids

Compare the abuse deterrent mechanism, special risk groups, contraindications, and warnings/precautions for FDA approved opioids.

Defining Cancer Treatment Cost-Effectiveness

Defining Cancer Treatment Cost-Effectiveness

Value-based care, an increasingly important concept in oncology, is grounded on the relationship between the efficacy and cost of an anticancer drug.

Antipyretic Medications

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

Measuring Clinically Meaningful Outcomes in Chronic Pain Clinical Trials

Measuring Clinically Meaningful Outcomes in Chronic Pain Clinical Trials

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Standardized and clinically meaningful outcome measures in clinical trials in chronic pain may enhance efforts to develop effective treatments for chronic pain patients.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment: Baricitinib Superior to Adalimumab

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment: Baricitinib Superior to Adalimumab

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This study included phase 3 trial in patients taking baricitinib, adalimumab, or placebo in addition to methotrexate background therapy.

Intrathecal Therapy for Pain: Updated Guidelines

Intrathecal Therapy for Pain: Updated Guidelines

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The Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference updated guidelines regarding the treatment of pain via intrathecal therapy.

Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Dependence: the Betty Ford Model

Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Dependence: the Betty Ford Model

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The COR-12 treatment program includes group therapy and lectures that focus on opioid addiction, as well as 2 extended medication assistance options.

Study to Test Ways To Discuss Opioid Risks With ER Patients

Study to Test Ways To Discuss Opioid Risks With ER Patients

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Researchers hypothesize that communicating opioid addiction risks to patients using real-life narratives could be effective and low-cost.

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

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In states where marijuana is legalized for medicinal purposes, Medicare's prescription drug benefit program has lowered its spending due to reduced prescription drug use.

Manual Therapy: An Important Overlooked Treatment for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Manual Therapy: An Important Overlooked Treatment for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

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Manual therapy uses skilled passive movement of joints and soft tissues to improve range of motion, mobility, and function.

Perceived Control Important in Treating Pain, Depression in Older Patients

Perceived Control Important in Treating Pain, Depression in Older Patients

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Treatment of older people with depression and pain should be multifactorial, including a psychological component with a focus on perceived control.

Behavioral Interventions in the ED Can Reduce Risk of Opioid Overdose

Behavioral Interventions in the ED Can Reduce Risk of Opioid Overdose

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Combination of a motivational interviewing and enhanced brochures successful in reducing behaviors associated with opioid overdose.

Product Sterility Concerns Prompt Recall of Certain Pain Medications

Product Sterility Concerns Prompt Recall of Certain Pain Medications

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These compounded sterile products are used for a variety of indications and are packaged in bags, syringes and cad cassettes.

Low-Dose Aspirin: Improved Survival for Certain Cancers

Low-Dose Aspirin: Improved Survival for Certain Cancers

Improved odds seen for patients with colon, prostate, or breast tumors, but research isn't definitive.

Daily Pain Variations: A Weak Link to Opioid Craving

Daily Pain Variations: A Weak Link to Opioid Craving

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Craving is known to be influenced by patient-specific variables such as sex, negative affect, and history of SUD,but few studies have examined the impact of day-to-day changes in pain intensity.

American Academy of Pain Management Board Votes to Change Name

American Academy of Pain Management Board Votes to Change Name

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AAPM will be changing its name to the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management in an effort to emphasize its focus on promoting integrative approaches to pain management.

Aspirin Recommended for Certain Adults to Prevent CVD, CRC

Aspirin Recommended for Certain Adults to Prevent CVD, CRC

Benefits for primary prevention of CVD, CRC for certain adults aged 50 to 69 years.

Are Current Nerve Stimulation Thresholds Unreliable for Diabetic Neuropathy Patients During Regional Anesthesia?

Are Current Nerve Stimulation Thresholds Unreliable for Diabetic Neuropathy Patients During Regional Anesthesia?

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A recently published study suggests that recommended thresholds used in electrical PNS for placing needles correctly during peripheral nerve block may not be sufficient enough to protect against intraneural injuries in patients with diabetic neuropathy.

Survey: Nearly 50% of Patients Lack NSAID Awareness

Survey: Nearly 50% of Patients Lack NSAID Awareness

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New research suggests that Americans lack a basic understanding of NSAIDs.

E-Prescribing Associated With Fewer Medication Errors, Adverse Effects

E-Prescribing Associated With Fewer Medication Errors, Adverse Effects

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For practitioners who are interested in implementing an e-prescribing system, Dr Hurford suggests that they seek feedback from colleagues.

Does Botox Relieve Pain in Post-Stroke Spasticity?

Does Botox Relieve Pain in Post-Stroke Spasticity?

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The results are promising, but need to be confirmed.

Anesthesia During Abortion: Should It Be Required?

Anesthesia During Abortion: Should It Be Required?

Law applies to woman having the procedure at 20 weeks or later.

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