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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)

Osteoarthritis

(Injection of a vaccine  ©thodonal88/Shutterstock.com)

Vaccine efficacy in RA, biosimilar safety and the danger of steroid injections for knee osteoarthritis top this week's research roundup. In this slideshow, we feature these and other recent research findings from the key journals.

Knee OA (©PuwadolJaturawutthichai/Shutterstock.com)

Despite monthly dosing regimen and long half-life of fulranumab, patients experienced pain relief within a short period of time.

Naproxen Pollapat (©Chirawong/Shutterstock.com)

Celecoxib is preferred over naproxen for arthritis patients at high risk for cardiovascular and gastrointestinal events, researchers report.

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In this slideshow, we offer a glance at newly approved treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, osteoporosis and fingernail psoriasis, among other conditions.

Oxycodone (©SteveHeap/Shutterstock.com)

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.

Chronic pain (©Lightspring/Shutterstock.com)

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

(Prescriptions. ©megaflopp/Shutterstock.com)

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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