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16 Opioid Alternatives

The CDC recommends non-opioid alternatives for chronic pain, but some alternatives are more effective than others and some can be harmful. In this slideshow, we review the evidence.(©SteveHeap/Shutterstock.com)

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Research shows that for women with autoimmune disease, the increase risk of infection during pregnancy is associated with steroids, not DMARDs.

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Estimates for juvenile idiopathic arthritis differ widely depending on which set of criteria doctors use.

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The CDC recommends non-opioid alternatives for chronic pain, but some alternatives are more effective than others and some can be harmful. In this slideshow, we review the evidence.

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DMARDs and surgery are unlikely to be effective as sole therapies when central pain vs. peripheral pain is suspected in lupus, RA and osteoarthritis.

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Prescribing opioids for chronic pain may be associated with some short-term efficacy, but there may be other alternatives physicians should consider.

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The FDA has nixed Eli Lilly's and Inctye's application for baricitinib in its current form asking for additional safety and clinical data.

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Researchers suggest rheumatologists screen systemic lupus erythematosus patients for stroke risk — during the first visit.

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