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Prescribe chronic pain medications for shorter periods of time, researchers advise

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The clue is in the term "chronic pain". Fine, give them short term opiates/pregabalin, but they will be back, in pain, looking for more. The answer?? BAN these drugs for chronic pain, or at least only initiate and FOLLOW UP in secondary care. A Shared Care protocol similar to methotrexate via rheumatology would be a better model, but it will take a large invstment in Pain Clinic services. But the current system of a Pain Clinic letter cheerfully asking us to titrate up pregabalin/ oxycodone and "the patient is now discharged, it's your problem now old son", is totally unacceptable, reckless and dangerous.

Posted date

12 Dec 2017

Posted time

1:33pm

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