Medications

Tramadol may up mortality risk in osteoarthritis patients

(HealthDay)—The initial prescription of tramadol compared with commonly prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be associated with increased all-cause mortality among patients with osteoarthritis, according ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Clinical trial looks at tramadol for opioid withdrawal

A randomized clinical trial published by JAMA Psychiatry compared tramadol extended-release with clonidine and buprenorphine for the management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in patients with opioid use disorder in a residential ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Study examines opioid use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

A new analysis indicates that the use of opioid pain medications in older US rheumatoid arthritis patients peaked in 2010 and is now declining slightly. By 2014, 41% of rheumatoid arthritis patients were regular opioid users.

Medications

Opioid dependence can start in just a few days

(HealthDay)—Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests.

Health

Tramadol-related ER visits up 2005 to 2011

(HealthDay)—There was a sharp rise in the number of emergency department visits involving tramadol between 2005 and 2011, two new government reports show.

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