Opioid Rx, Dosing Often Excessive in Dialysis Patients

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Opioid Rx, Dosing Often Excessive in Dialysis Patients
Opioid Rx, Dosing Often Excessive in Dialysis Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hemodialysis patients in the United States have high rates of prescriptions for opioids and many also receive high doses of the potentially addictive drugs, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Paul L. Kimmel, M.D., of the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues reviewed Medicare data from 2006 through 2010.

The investigators found that nearly two-thirds of dialysis patients received at least one opioid prescription every year. More than 20 percent received repeated prescriptions. In addition, more than 25 percent of patients given opioid prescriptions received higher-than-recommended doses, according to a journal news release. The use of opioids was associated with increased risks of early death, discontinuing dialysis, and hospitalization.

"Excessive opioid use and its adverse outcomes in the end-stage renal disease population is of great concern to U.S. patients, practitioners, and policy makers," Kimmel said in the news release. "This study shows that this high-risk dialysis population is also subject to the risks of long-term opioid use. Exploring other options to treat pain, such as medications and behavioral therapy, could help reduce opioid prescriptions in this population. Such changes are urgently needed to decrease patient morbidity and mortality."

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


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures Down With ACA Implementation

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures Down With ACA Implementation

Reduced out-of-pocket costs seen especially for lower-income groups; mean premium costs up overall

Gynecologic Complications Up With Hysteroscopic Sterilization

Gynecologic Complications Up With Hysteroscopic Sterilization

But lower risk of surgical and medical complications versus laparoscopic sterilization

Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking 15.5 Percent in 2016

Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking 15.5 Percent in 2016

Increase in percentage of ever smokers who quit during 2005 to 2016, from 50.8 to 59 percent

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »