What are the rates of medication use by adolescents with chronic pain syndrome (CPS)?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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A study by W Guite et al evaluated the rates of medication use by adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes prior to first visiting a multidisciplinary clinic, determining that in 70% of these patients, more than one pain-specific medication was used. Regarding these drugs, the use rate for opioids was 17%; for nonopioids, 31%; for psychotropics/neuropathics, 45%; and for other medications, 13%. [38]


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