Fibromyalgia Patients in UK at Higher Risk of Long-term Opioid Use, Analysis Finds

Fibromyalgia Patients in UK at Higher Risk of Long-term Opioid Use, Analysis Finds
People with fibromyalgia in the U.K. are 1.8 times more likely to become long-term opioid users to treat pain than the general population, according to an analysis of nearly two million people. Overall, opioid prescriptions rose in the U.K., with 14.6% of new opioid users becoming long-term users. Researchers urged clinicians to be careful when considering high-dose opioids and to monitor patients at increased risk for long-term use. The study, “Time trends and prescribing patterns of opioid drugs in U.K. primary care patients with non-cancer pain: A retrospective cohort study,” was published in the journal PLOS Medicine Opioids are a broad class of pain-relieving medications that work by blocking signals between the brain and the body. They are regularly prescribed to people with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia However, opioids are also associated with serious adverse outcomes, and their use
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