Nearly one third of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus use prescription opioids, with around two thirds of those using opioids for more than a year, while emergency department use is associated with increased prescription opioid use, say researchers writing in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report in Septmeber.
A large proportion of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have been inappropriately prescribed opioids, researchers reported recently in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
OARSI 2019: Half of opioid prescriptions made today are not aligned with treatment guidelines.
"Nearly one-third of pre‐surgical osteoarthritis patients used prescription opioid medication. Given the questionable efficacy of opioids in OA and risk of adverse effects, higher opioid use among younger individuals and those with depressive symptoms is of concern and warrants further investigation," researchers write in the January 10 issue of Arthritis Care and Research.