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Dangerous Combination: Pregabalin Plus an Opioid

Dangerous Combination: Pregabalin Plus an Opioid

Pregabalin, gabapentin and opioids are commonly used for pain management. While the product labeling for gabapentin contains a warning about serious side effects when it is combined with opioids, the labeling for pregabalin does not. As the use of pregabalin for...

CMS Pushing 7-Day Limit on Initial Opioid Scripts

To help combat opioid misuse in the baby-boomer population that is reaching senior status, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing that beginning in 2019, initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain be limited to 7 days.   Alicia Ault...

Most Surgery Patients Have Lots of Unused Opioids

The opioid epidemic is fueled by prescription opioids. More than half of people who misuse opioid medications get them from a friend or relative. Recently, 6 studies (810 patients total) were reviewed in which patients were prescribed opioids following 1 of 7...
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