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Pain Management

Painkillers containing hydrocodone will have more restricted prescribing procedures in a few days. Briefly, here's the mandated change in procedures.

Movantik (naloxegol), taken once daily, blocks opioid receptors in the gut but does not cross the blood-brain barrier to affect opioid analgesia. It is expected to be available sometime in the first half of 2015.

A new dark spot on the forehead; overprescribing of benzodiazepines; alcohol and atrial fibrillation . . . can you answer the quiz questions on these topics?

Three new opioid analgesics that purport to offer benefits that current products lack come with marketing messages that ring both contradictory and redundant.

Brown eyes, blue sclera; stress tests when a patient can’t stress; CRPS type I vs CRPS type II: can you answer these quiz questions?

The use of vitamin D decreases pain in women who have type 2 diabetes mellitus and depression, according to a recent study, and more research is in the works.

The news is particularly auspicious for older patients who are at greater risk for NSAID-related events.

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