Nearly all of kratom's major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and 2 of the top 5 most prevalent compounds activate those receptors, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. In addition, there have been 44 reported deaths associated with the use of kratom, often in combination with other substances, Gottlieb said.
A FNP reflects on his experiences working with pain management patients prescribed opioids.
A combination of psychoeducation, cognitive-based therapy, visualization, and breathing exercises may represent a tolerable and readily accepted complementary therapeutic approach for adolescent patients with chronic pain.
Clinicians are in the unique position to educate and counsel middle-aged adults about their opioid use and influence strategies needed to provide effective pain control.
It can be difficult to care for complex patients when they need services that do not exist.
A 1% paracervical nerve block may be useful for reducing patient-reported pain during IUD insertion.
Co-prescribing naloxone and opioids in primary care is recommended for patients who have a high risk for opioid overdose.
Researchers found that cannabis may alleviate neuropathic pain, but is not associated with benefit for adults with PTSD.
Current surgical and prescribing practices may have a hand in exacerbating the nation's burgeoning opioid epidemic.
Gabapentinoids may be overprescribed, in part as a response to the opioid epidemic.
The FDA commissioned the report to provide an update on current evidence on research, care, and education in the pain field, and to identify actionable measures for the FDA to more adequately address the ongoing opioid epidemic.
However, the number of opioids prescribed decreased between 2010 and 2015.
Among the nearly 40 million Americans who have a mental health condition, about 19% use prescription opioids.
Researchers found that back pain patients are also more likely to get higher doses of opioids.
Ketamine may alleviate depression, pain, and adverse effects associated with opioid treatment.
Clinicians should consider limiting pre-TKA opioid prescriptions to optimize the benefits of TKA.
Many PA students and practicing PAs did not feel that their PA program adequately trained them to screen for opioid abuse.
Oral corticosteroids could be an alternative symptomatic treatment for acute sore throat, which is a significant burden in primary care and a source of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction was associated with short-term benefits for pain intensity and physical functioning.
Administration of acetaminophen at the recommended dosage yields serum concentrations below 10 µg/mL due to increased elimination.
Researchers found that some surgery patients may face a higher risk of becoming dependent on opioids.
The recently released CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing remain a topic of debate.
Radiofrequency treatment is an effective option for treating refractory chronic knee, hip, and shoulder joint pain.
Patients with chronic pain who are hospitalized have a higher risk of morbidity and mortality, longer lengths of stay, and more frequent readmissions than patients without chronic pain.
At 1 month after the intervention, the percentage of responders was higher in the GC IDI group than the control group.
The drug combination significantly contributes to the overall population risk of opioid overdose.
The Veterans Administration and Department of Defense issue a clinical practice guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain in veterans.
The ACP has released 3 recommendations for the treatment of patients with acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain.
Intravenous lidocaine is safe for reducing pain in patients in the ICU with varying degrees of organ dysfunction.
The toolkit will provide healthcare professionals with adequate tools to manage their patients' pain.