PainWeek 2017

What's New in Pain Management: New Medications, Drugs in the Pipeline

September 09, 2017

Multiple new drugs for pain management have been recently introduced or approved, and additional agents are currently under investigation.

'Opioid McCarthyism' Addressed in PAINWeek 2017 Keynote Lecture

September 08, 2017

Dr Zacharoff provided advice for clinicians dealing with fluid guidelines and constraints regarding opioid prescribing.

Combo Treatment May Benefit Patients with Fibromyalgia and PTSD

September 08, 2017

In patients with concomitant fibromyalgia and PTSD, opioid therapy was shown to improve quality of life and help patients return to a greater sense of "normalcy."

Postoperative Opioid Associated Nausea, Vomiting Risks Examined

September 08, 2017

Opioid treatment of acute postoperative pain was shown to cause high rates of postoperative nausea and vomiting, particularly in women and younger patients.

Doxepin Evaluated for Sleep Disturbances in Patients with Chronic Pain

By September 08, 2017

Compared with placebo, data for the 3mg, 6mg, and combined active doxepin treatment groups significantly improved all PSG and subjective evaluated sleep outcomes for all days and nights up to Night 30.

Risks of Concomitant Benzodiazepine, Opioid Rx Among the Elderly

September 08, 2017

Dr Gould covered the risks of co-prescribing benzodiazepines and opioids, particularly for elderly patients, and proposed therapeutic alternatives at PAINWeek 2017.

Efficacy of Abuse-Deterrent Morphine, Oxycodone Assessed

September 08, 2017

The researchers presented examined the effects of 66mg intact oral morphine ARER, 60mg crushed intranasal morphine ARER, 60mg crushed intranasal morphine ER, 30mg intact oral oxycodone ARIR, 30mg crushed intranasal oxycodone ARIR, and 30mg crushed intranasal IR oxycodone or placebo among nondependent recreational opioid users.

Naldemedine Effective for Treating Opioid-Induced Constipation

September 08, 2017

In patients with opioid-induced constipation, naldemedine was shown to improve patient assessment of symptoms and quality of life.

Pain Management Strategies to Reduce Overdose Risks

September 08, 2017

At PAINWeek 2017, the president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators discussed ways to balance pain management needs and overdose prevention measures.

What Are Clinicians Prescribing for Headache and Migraine?

By September 07, 2017

Results of the study found that only 4% of H only patients used triptan medications compared to 46-50% of patients in the other 4 groups.

Managing Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain: What's Most Effective?

September 07, 2017

Dr Cuevas-Trisan covered the evaluation and management of diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain during his presentation at PAINWeek 2017.

Pharmacogenomic Prospects Explored for Pain Management

September 07, 2017

A PAINWeek presentation provides an overview of how pharmacogenetics may be leveraged for optimal pain management.

New Term Proposed to Denote Certain Opioids

By September 06, 2017

The authors concluded, "Multigesics as a new term will help categorize an important new type of analgesic product and differentiate it from conventional opioids."

Survey: Treatment Preferences Reported for Various Pain Scenarios

By September 06, 2017

Each respondent was presented with case vignettes, predominately centered on patients suffering from chronic pain due to osteoarthritis and low back pain.

Genetics May Explain Why Some Need High Opioid Doses for Pain Control

By September 06, 2017

Results of the study found that genetic variations in the 3 dopamine receptors tested (DRD1, DRD4, DOR) were observed in 97 to 100% of patients included in the analysis.

HCPs Desire More Education in Opioid, Chronic Pain Management

By September 06, 2017

"Providers were most interested in receiving training on universal precautions (64%) and use of opioids to manage chronic pain (56%)," stated the authors.

Virtual Reality: A Viable Resource in Combating the Opioid Epidemic?

September 06, 2017

Virtual reality is on the verge of revolutionizing pain management, including on the chronic pain front, and may offer a new way to combat the opioid crisis.

Communication Technique Shows Promise in Tapering Opioid Doses

September 06, 2017

Behavioral techniques such as motivational interviewing may facilitate the tapering process.

Are Opioid Tapering Guidelines Impacting Use?

September 06, 2017

At PAINWeek, Dr Hah focused on the risks of long-term opioid use for chronic noncancer pain and reviewed guidelines regarding the tapering of these medications.

Efficacy of Preemptive Analgesia for Chronic Postsurgical Pain

September 06, 2017

Preemptive analgesia seeks to prevent central sensitization and ensuing chronic pain, a concept that has shown promising results in preliminary studies.