Study: Epilepsy patients have more pain, higher opioid use
A study of insurance claims shows individuals with epilepsy had higher rates of claims for opioid prescriptions and more diagnoses of conditions related to pain. Despite a lack of effectiveness, opioids were commonly prescribed for pain-related conditions such as headache, joint pain, sciatica and sinusitus, Dr. Andrew Wilner said at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting. MedPage Today (free registration)
Study links tramadol to greater hypoglycemia risk
Data on more than 300,000 patients showed that patients who took the narcotic pain medication tramadol had a 52% higher risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia, particularly in the first 30 days of use, compared with codeine users. The findings were reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. HealthDay News
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