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The Treatment of Opioid-Induced Constipation
Up to 50% of patients taking opioids for an extended period develop constipation. Patient education and basic prevention can help mitigate the side effect.
Low Back Pain Triggers: Many Are Modifiable
Brief exposure to a variety of modifiable factors—physical and psychosocial—increases the risk of back pain.
Depression, Opioid Analgesics, and Pregnancy: What We Know and What We Don’t
An estimated 10% to 20% of women experience major depression during pregnancy. Opioids could double that trouble.
First Comes Pain, Then Comes Insomnia
Good physical and social functioning may help avert insomnia in older people with musculoskeletal pain.
Benzodiazepines and Chronic Pain
Best practices make a strong case against prescribing benzodiazepines for chronic pain patients taking opioids. But are we following best practices?
Pain and Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy affects nearly half of adult cancer patients; a new review finds that there is currently no way to predict who will be affected.
Psychiatry’s Place in Caring for the Terminally Ill
Psychiatrists should be playing a key role in end-of-life decisions as well as, not coincidentally, in pain management.
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