CDC issues recommendations for prescribing opioids for chronic pain | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
The recommendations focused on 3 areas: starting or continuing opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use.
Summaries from ACP Hospitalist Weekly.
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Encouraging use of subcutaneous opioids reduces IV opioid prescribing, pilot study finds | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
One general medicine unit educated prescribers and nursing staff about subcutaneous opioid administration and successfully adopted a standard of practice preferring oral and subcutaneous opioids over IVs.
Details on recalls, warnings and approvals.
Anticonvulsant may increase mortality risk when coprescribed with opioids | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
All doses of pregabalin were associated with increased odds of opioid-related death compared to taking opioids without pregabalin, but the risk was higher with pregabalin doses above 300 mg/d.
The following cases and commentary, which address opioid therapy, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP14).
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Experts offer advice on prescribing for patients who've overdosed.
Immediate-release opioids will carry a new boxed warning about the serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, and death.