How can patients with chronic pain syndrome (CPS) avoid opioid abuse?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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In a longitudinal outcomes trial, researchers investigated 62 patients with CPS who were at low or high risk for opioid abuse. Researchers explored whether these patients had cravings for their medications, what influenced their cravings, and if a connection existed between craving and medication compliance. Patients noted their cravings at monthly clinic visits and daily during a 14-day period. Both the low- and high-risk groups regularly craved their medication, which was linked to urge, preoccupation, and mood. Focusing on cravings may help correct misuse and better assist with prescription opioid compliance. [37]


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