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Prescribing guidelines, more research on addiction potential needed for use of opioids to treat children’s pain

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A pair of new studies led by University of Alberta pediatricians indicate that parents are more reluctant to have opioids prescribed for their children than doctors are to prescribe them. In a newly published study, the researchers asked 136 pediatric emergency room doctors across Canada whether …

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Prescribing anticoagulants in the ED for atrial fibrillation increases long-term use by 30%

Patients prescribed anticoagulants after a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in the emergency department are more likely to continue long-term use of medications to treat the condition, according to research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “In this multicentre study in Ontario, Canada, providing an oral anticoagulant prescription in the …

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Prescribing for self, family, and friends widespread among young Irish doctors, poll shows

Prescribing for self, family, friends and colleagues is widespread among young Irish doctors, suggest the results of a survey, published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. And some doctors are prescribing addictive and controlled substances, such as sedatives and opiates, despite clear guidance issued by the UK’s professional regulator, …

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Opioid prescribing and use drop significantly after state imposes regulations

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A state-mandated policy restricting opioid prescriptions along with increased public awareness and education about the opioid epidemic preceded drastic reductions in opioid prescribing and use for surgical patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) without impacting patient satisfaction with their postoperative pain management, according …

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Where is my Xanax? Why your doctor may be concerned about prescribing benzodiazepines

As an academic psychiatrist who treats people with anxiety and trauma, I often hear questions about a specific class of medications called benzodiazepines. I also often receive referrals for patients who are on these medications and reluctant to discontinue them. There has been increasing attention into long-term risks of benzodiazepines, …

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