A Proven, Practical Alternative For Pain

A Proven, Practical Alternative For Pain

There has been a lot of noise around opioid use lately. In particular, in the States where it’s been declared a public health emergency.

While concerted efforts are being made to ensure that patients who are experiencing chronic pain are not also in a position where they also have to deal with opioid addiction, in the cases of severe, acute pain most doctors would consider pain relief the priority and opioids the gold standard.

Well it seems that too may need a rethink.

According to a new randomised controlled trial just published in JAMA, an oral ibuprofen/paracetamol combination works just as well at reducing pain, such as that felt with a suspected fractured arm as a range of other oral opioid combinations including oxycodone and paracetamol.

The US researchers randomly selected over 400 patients who presented to emergency with moderate to severe arm ...

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