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Author Topic: Opioids Provide Only Modest Benefits for Chronic Pain  (Read 362 times)

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Opioids Provide Only Modest Benefits for Chronic Pain
« on: December 26, 2018, 09:27:25 pm »
My theory on this is pain management is its an extremely individualized experience.
What happens to work best for me is also my nemesis  :'(,  so instead i "manage" with pregabalin   

December 26, 2018
By Benjamin Ryan

Full poz.com write-up: https://www.poz.com/article/opioids-provide-modest-benefits-chronic-pain

In short:

Publishing their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 96 randomized controlled trials comparing opioid treatment with a placebo for the treatment of chronic noncancer pain. The studies included 26,169 participants, 61 percent of whom were female; the group had a median age of 58 years old.

The study authors found that, according to a high-quality of evidence, opioids were associated with improvements in pain and physical functioning. But such benefits were only modest and came with an increased risk of side effects, in particular vomiting.

When comparing opioids with non-opioid pain treatments, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, tricyclic antidepressants and anticonvulsants (anti-seizure drugs), the study authors had to rely on low- to moderate-quality evidence. They found that opioids provided some benefit over such non-opioid treatments when it came to chronic pain.
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