Opioids, non-opioid medication equally effective for chronic back, osteoarthritis pain: 5 quick notes

Minneapolis VA Health Care System researchers found opioids and non-opioid medication achieve comparable results for effectively treating chronic back and osteoarthritis pain.

Researchers conducted a randomized study of 240 veterans. They evaluated patients 12 months after therapy.

Here are five quick notes:

1. Both treatments had similar outcomes concerning pain interference with activities.

2. Opioids and non-opioids had similar overall adverse symptoms.

4. Non-opioid medication had slightly better pain intensity and medication-related adverse symptoms.

5. The study is the first to evaluate long-term opioid therapy's effectiveness, according to the study researchers.

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