Tag: analgesic

Two Better Than One for Hip Replacement

A combination of two nerve blocks reduced immediate postsurgery opioid use in total hip arthroplasty (THA) patients by about 35% compared with use of a...

Multispecialty Group Advises Caution With GBCAs in Pain Procedures

In a new practice advisory, an international team of experts discussed the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), an alternative to iodinated contrast media, in...

Opioid Prescribing Laws Having an Impact

State laws capping initial opioid prescriptions to 7 days or less have led to a reduction in opioid prescribing, a new analysis of Medicare data...

Purdue Pharma Exit Plan Gains Steam With OK From More States

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s plan to reorganize into a new entity that helps combat the U.S. opioid epidemic got a big boost as 15 states...

Infusion Centers May Best EDs for Treating Sickle Cell Crises

Adults with sickle cell disease who experienced a vaso-occlusive crisis had substantially better outcomes when they were treated at specialty infusion centers than those treated...

At-Home, Remotely Supervised Brain Stimulation Offers Pain Relief

Transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS), performed at home but supervised remotely, is feasible and effective in managing osteoarthritis (OA) pain in older adults, new research shows....

CBD’s Role in Acute Pain Relief Tied to Patient Expectations

The pain-relieving effects of cannabidiol (CBD) may be linked to its influence on affective processes, new research shows. In a pilot study, investigators from the...

An Effective Alternative to Opioids for Acute Pain?

Intranasal (IN) ketamine may be a safe and effective alternative to intravenous opioids for acute pain in adult patients, new research suggests. In a systematic...

Systematic Approach Helps Manage Skin Disorder-Related Pain

For pain related to skin disorders, dermatologists should generally consider management as their direct responsibility without referrals, according to an expert who outlined his strategies...

Widen Use of General Anesthesia in End-of-Life Care, Say Experts

General anesthesia should be an option for patients at the end of life as a means of easing the physical and mental distress that can...

Opioid Use Common for Pain in Multiple Sclerosis

With chronic pain common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS), approximately 20% of patients report opioid use ― despite warnings that the drugs are generally...

Little Help, Possible Harm of Antidepressants for Pain

Antidepressants are of little help and may possibly be harmful in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, new research suggests. Results of a systematic review and...

Expert Offers Clinical Pearls on Leg Ulcer Therapy

Chronic leg ulcers of all types feature a significant inflammatory component for which medical compression therapy is absolutely the best form of anti-inflammatory therapy, Elena...

Black Doctor Dies of COVID After Alleging Subpar Treatment

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. “This is how Black people get killed.” These are some of...

Painful Ethical Choices in 2020 vs 2010: How Has Thinking Changed?

Much has changed in the 10 years since Medscape’s first survey on what physicians would do when faced with painful choices in patient care. A...

Sleep Apnea Found to Impact Pain Severity in Younger Adults

Sleep specialists might want to take a closer look at the connections between obstructive sleep apnea, chronic pain, and reported pain intensity in younger patients....

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says

The long-awaited post-marketing studies of the abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) of OxyContin (Perdue Pharma L.P.) received mixed reviews from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Opioid Use Reduced by 20%, but What About Patients With Cancer?

Regulations to curb opioid abuse might be blocking legitimate access by cancer patients who need opioids for pain, according to a review of Medicare prescription...

CHMP Backs Bupivacaine/Meloxicam (Zynrelef) for Postop Pain

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended approval of the fixed-dose combination of bupivacaine and...

Acetaminophen Beats Fentanyl in STEMI

Swapping out intravenous fentanyl in favor of IV acetaminophen in patients with ST-elevation MI (STEMI) provides comparable pain relief but with desirably higher blood levels...

Critical Drug Shortages, In Memoriam

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