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    Chronic pain management

    The latest learning and CPD content on chronic pain management. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to chronic pain management.

    CPD and Learning

    Long-acting opioid formulations, such as Oxycontin (slow release oxycodone), should be favoured for chronic pain over frequent short-acting formulations. In the image, a drug addict holds an oxycodone medicine bottle

    Pain management in patients with a substance use disorderSubscription

    15 OCT 2015By

    Challenges associated with treating and managing acute and chronic pain in patients presenting with a substance use disorder.

    Old man in a hospital bed with a call button

    Worsening pain in palliative careSubscription

    The Pharmaceutical Journal, 1 March 2014, Vol 292, No 7799

    A 78-year-old man with advanced lung cancer is receiving palliative care but his abdominal pain has progressively worsened.

    Other resources

    Medical cannabis UK

    Everything you need to know about medical cannabisSubscription

    20 JUN 2019By

    Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK on 1 November 2018, but the regulations around its use and supply remain strict. Here is a quick update about how it is being used in the NHS and what benefits it may or may not offer.

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    Is a complete ban on OTC opioids the solution?Subscription

    20 JUN 2019By

    Misuse of over-the-counter opioids often slips under the radar. Some experts say the UK should follow other countries and ban them altogether, but others argue that there is more that pharmacists can do to help tackle this problem.

    GSK joint pain infographic

    Joint pain: pathology and treatment

    20 MAR 2019By

    An overview of joint pain for community pharmacy teams.

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    Pain relief: designing better opioids

    19 APR 2018By

    While opioids are powerful painkillers, they come with dangerous side effects and carry a sometimes fatal risk of addiction. However, new, safer opioids are being developed using a variety of innovative strategies to maximise analgesic properties, while reducing the burden of side effects.

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    Chronic pain medication linked to poor cardiometabolic outcomesSubscription

    8 FEB 2018

    Research raises questions about the impact of chronic pain medication on cardiometabolic health 

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    Ketamine provides short term relief from chronic migraine

    12 DEC 2017

    A retrospective study showed that ketamine infusions improved short-term analgesia for refractory headaches

    Illustration showing the path of pain and its inhibition at the level of the neurons of the spinal cord

    Treatments for neuropathic pain

    Clinical Pharmacist, December 2017, Vol 9, No 12By ,

    Neuropathic pain is a common condition characterised by subjective negative and positive symptoms that range from numbness to debilitating pain.

    Opioid addiction concept

    A crisis hidden in plain sight? Prescription opioid misuse in the UKSubscription

    22 NOV 2017By

    The United States is in the grip of an opioid misuse epidemic, with 142 opioid-related deaths every day. Could prescription painkiller misuse reach crisis levels in the UK too?


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