Day-Supply of Opioid Rx Factor in Likelihood of Long-Term Use

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Day-Supply of Opioid Rx Factor in Likelihood of Long-Term Use
Day-Supply of Opioid Rx Factor in Likelihood of Long-Term Use

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The days supplied is far more important than the dosage level or even the type of pain being treated in risk of opioid use disorder following opioid prescription, according to a study published recently in The Journal of Pain.

Bradley Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., a pharmacist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, and colleagues examined 2006 to 2015 medical records for 1,353,902 patients who were prescribed opioids for the first time.

The overwhelming majority of patients discontinued opioid use, the researchers found. Patients were more likely to continue using the opioids if they were initially prescribed medications for a longer time.

"Comparing someone who has a one- or two-day supply of opioids with someone who has a week's supply, the risk of use doubles," Martin said in a university news release. "This is something clinicians can easily modify when they prescribe opioids." He and his team suggested prescribers use "the minimum effective opioid dose and duration to reduce unintended long-term use."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Structural Findings of Acute Solar Retinopathy Described

Structural Findings of Acute Solar Retinopathy Described

Patient in case study presented three days after viewing solar eclipse

Telomere Fusions Predict Dysplasia, Invasive Pancreatic CA

Telomere Fusions Predict Dysplasia, Invasive Pancreatic CA

Telomere fusions are detected in later stages of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm progression

Prenatal Sugar Intake May Increase Asthma Risk in Offspring

Prenatal Sugar Intake May Increase Asthma Risk in ...

Higher intake during pregnancy, in early childhood associated with childhood asthma development

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »