What is the role of opioids in management of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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No clinical evidence exists for the use of opioids in the amelioration of pain in hidradenitis suppurativa. Their use should be restricted and limited to cases in which all other options have failed Codeine should be the first treatment option. [1] A fentanyl patch can be used for resistant pain. [2]


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