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Opioid and benzodiazepine combination use significantly increases overdose risk

Opioid and benzodiazepine combination use significantly increases overdose risk

The drug combination significantly contributes to the overall population risk of opioid overdose.

Opioids for chronic pain: a new clinical guideline from the VA and Department of Defense

The Veterans Administration and Department of Defense issue a clinical practice guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain in veterans.

Noninvasive treatment for low back pain: a new clinical guideline from ACP

The ACP has released 3 recommendations for the treatment of patients with acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain.

Intravenous lidocaine safe for reducing pain in ICU patients

Intravenous lidocaine is safe for reducing pain in patients in the ICU with varying degrees of organ dysfunction.

Psychiatric, behavioral conditions linked to future long-term opioid use

Patients diagnosed with a prior psychiatric condition have increased odds of long-term opioid receipt than patients without these conditions.

Opinion

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.

Collaborating on interventional pain management in primary care

Interventional pain specialists can work together with primary care providers to provide the best care for patients managing chronic pain.

As opioid prescription rates decrease, overdose deaths remain the same: Is this progress?

A national push to decrease opioid prescription rates has not led to a net decrease in overdose deaths. Has progress been made?

Clinical Features

Could disrupted homeostasis cause headaches?

Could disrupted homeostasis cause headaches?

Dysfunction of the endocrine system may lead to various neurologic manifestations, including headaches.

Chest pain in a woman

Chest pain in a woman

A woman has a myocardial infarction after her chest symptoms are misdiagnosed as acid reflux.

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