Drugs and Devices

Compared to nsNSAIDs and coxibs, opioid use in older adults with arthritis increases risk of safety events

In older adults with arthritis, opioid use increases the risk of fractures and safety events requiring hospitalization, compared to nonselective NSAIDs (nsNSAIDs) and selective cyclooxygenase 2 inhibitors (coxibs), according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Opioids, but not coxibs, also increased the risk mortality compared with nsNSAIDs. Read more at here.

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