Pain Management

Many Oncologists Discuss, Recommend Medical Marijuana

Many Oncologists Discuss, Recommend Medical Marijuana

But majority of oncologists don't feel knowledgeable enough to make these recommendations

Opioids Risky for Hemodialysis Patients

Opioids Risky for Hemodialysis Patients

By

Study links the pain relievers to altered mental status, fall, and fracture.

Virtual Reality Can Aid Pain Relief From Medical Procedures

Virtual Reality Can Aid Pain Relief From Medical Procedures

VR effective for reducing pain and distress of even extremely painful procedures

Botanical Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Warns

Botanical Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Warns

Calls to poison centers regarding kratom increased 10-fold between 2010 and 2015

Pharmacological Migraine Prophylaxis Guidelines

Guidelines for pharmacological prophylaxis of migraines chart

Users Commonly Exceed Daily Dose of NSAIDs

Users Commonly Exceed Daily Dose of NSAIDs

Educating consumers about dosing directions could improve dosing compliance

Post-op Opioid Refills Associated With Misuse

Post-op Opioid Refills Associated With Misuse

Higher dose, shorter duration Rx may minimize risk of longer term misuse, authors say.

Swedish Massage May Ease Fatigue in Cancer Patients

Swedish Massage May Ease Fatigue in Cancer Patients

6 weeks Swedish massage therapy significantly decreased cancer-related fatigue in female breast cancer survivors.

Opioid-Free Anesthesia Tolerated in Outpatient Surgery

Opioid-Free Anesthesia Tolerated in Outpatient Surgery

Only 36% of patients request oral opioid meds in PACU despite receiving opioid-free anesthesia.

Opioid Producers to Train Doctors

Opioid Producers to Train Doctors

74 manufacturers of immediate-release opioids notified that drugs will be subject to requirements.

Legal Cannabis Use High Among Cancer Patients in WA

Legal Cannabis Use High Among Cancer Patients in WA

Legalization increases likelihood of use; most want information about the drug from their doctors

Optimal Post-Op Opioid Pain Rx Explored

Optimal Post-Op Opioid Pain Rx Explored

Optimal length for each procedure lies between observed median prescription length and early nadir.

Opioid Overprescribing, Overdosing Common in Dialysis

Opioid Overprescribing, Overdosing Common in Dialysis

High-risk dialysis population also subject to the risks of long-term opioid use.

Opioids Still Overprescribed

Opioids Still Overprescribed

Nearly 92 million Americans used legitimately prescribed opioids in 2015, survey shows

Post-op Pain Assessment Often Inaccurate

Post-op Pain Assessment Often Inaccurate

The researchers found that within the first 24 hours on the ward, pain scores were significantly lower in routine pain measurements than in PAIN OUT questionnaires.

Bacteria,Fungi Discovered in Medical Marijuana

Bacteria,Fungi Discovered in Medical Marijuana

A patient developed a rare and incurable fungal infection after using aerosolized marijuana and ultimately died.

Radiation Therapy Reduces Pain From Bone Metastases

Radiation Therapy Reduces Pain From Bone Metastases

A single 8-Gy radiotherapy dose for bone metastases should be offered to all patients, even those with poor survival.

Narcotic Analgesics

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

Optimizing Management of Post-Surgical Pain

Optimizing Management of Post-Surgical Pain

Postoperative pain continues to be undermanaged.

FDA Approving More Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

FDA Approving More Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

While ADFs of opioids may help mitigate the risk of opioid abuse, they have limitations as well.

Guidelines Issued for Managing Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors

Guidelines Issued for Managing Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors

Recurrent disease, second malignancy, late-onset treatment effects should be assessed in patients with new pain.

Long-Acting Opioids May Increase Risk of Premature Death

Long-Acting Opioids May Increase Risk of Premature Death

In a study of patients who had been prescribed long-acting opioid medications, 185 patients in the opioid group died.

Renal Stone Patients Benefit from Post-SWL Tamsulosin

Renal Stone Patients Benefit from Post-SWL Tamsulosin

By

Pain episodes and need for adjuvant intervention decreased, but the alpha blocker did not improve renal stone clearance rates.

Many Doctors Prescribe Opioids for Longer Than Recommended

Many Doctors Prescribe Opioids for Longer Than Recommended

While 99% exceed the recommended 3-day dosage limit, a quarter write Rx for opioids for a full month.

FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Opioid Pain Medications

FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Opioid Pain Medications

New labeling rules require immediate-release opioids to carry warnings for the serious risk for misuse.

Doctors React to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Doctors React to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Mainly supportive of guidelines, but concerns include lack of evidence underlying recommendations.

Opioid Use Linked to Low Testosterone

Opioid Use Linked to Low Testosterone

Increased odds of low testosterone with opioid exposure; increased odds with increasing age, comorbidities.

NSAIDs for CKD, Hypertension Out of Line With Choosing Wisely

NSAIDs for CKD, Hypertension Out of Line With Choosing Wisely

Declines in 2 of 7 recommendations: imaging for headache and cardiac imaging for low-risk patients.

Comorbidities Increase Hospitalization Risk in CKD Patients

Comorbidities Increase Hospitalization Risk in CKD Patients

By

Besides hypertension and diabetes, 'discordant' co-existing illnesses as chronic pulmonary disease predict adverse outcomes.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters