Nonopioid versus opioid agents for chronic neuropathic pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, cancer pain and low back pain Journal Article


Authors: Noori, S. A.; Aiyer, R.; Yu, J.; White, R. S.; Mehta, N.; Gulati, A.
Article Title: Nonopioid versus opioid agents for chronic neuropathic pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, cancer pain and low back pain
Abstract: Chronic pain continues to be a major health issue throughout the world and a huge economic burden for nations around the world. While the use of opioids does have risks, they are still widely used by clinicians as a treatment option for various chronic pain conditions. This review explores and compares the efficacy and safety of opioid and nonopioid agents for the following commonly encountered chronic pain conditions: neuropathic pain, rheumatoid arthritis joint pain, cancer pain and low back pain. Our findings demonstrate that while there are several nonopioid pharmacologic options that are clinically effective, opioids maintain a role in the treatment of certain chronic pain conditions and should continue to have an important place in the armamentarium of clinicians.
Keywords: cancer pain; opioids; neuropathic pain; low back pain; inflammatory pain; rheumatologic pain
Journal Title: Pain Management
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1758-1869
Publisher: Future Medicine  
Date Published: 2019-03-01
Start Page: 205
End Page: 216
Language: English
DOI: 10.2217/pmt-2018-0052
PUBMED: 30681031
PROVIDER: scopus
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  1. Amitabh Gulati
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