A 62-year-old man has moderate to severe leg pain after playing 36 holes of golf. The pain originates from the lumbar spine and radiates into his lower extremities. What is the best course of treatment?
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.