Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
What is the evidence for opioids as a treatment for osteoarthritis (OA)?

In osteoarthritis^ research demonstrating long-term improvements in pain or function with opioids is lacking. In elderly patients with OA^ the risk of opioids may be even greater than the risk of NSAIDs. Opioids should not be routinely used in osteoarthritis^ but if necessary^ they should be used for short- courses in carefully selected patients.

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Publication Date: 2012-3-19
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 16:23:37