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Opioids Prescribed More for Gout Patients: Study

by Ramya Rachamanti on July 4, 2019 at 5:35 PM

Opioids Prescribed More for Gout Patients: Study

Opioids were found to be commonly prescribed to patients with gout who seek treatment in emergency departments, in spite of availability of effective treatments, according to a new Arthritis Care & Research study.

In the study of 456 patients with acute gout discharged from emergency departments in Rhode Island, more than 28% received an opioid prescription. Of these, more than one-quarter of patients received 14 days or more of opioid prescriptions, longer than the natural course of a typical gout attack. Diabetes, gout attacks affecting multiple joints, and opioid use prior to admission were associated with an increased likelihood of receiving opioid prescriptions.

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"We have a number of medications that can treat acute gout effectively, almost completely eliminating the need to use opioids. The fact that 28% of patients are being treated with opioids, and many longer than 2 weeks, is alarming and provides an opportunity to reduce the burden of prescription opioids," said co-lead author Deepan Dalal, MD, MPH, of Brown University Warren Alpert School of Medicine, in Providence.



Source: Eurekalert
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