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Clinical use: pain associated with osteoarthritis 

Clinical use: pain associated with osteoarthritis
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Clinical use: pain associated with osteoarthritis
Author(s):

Cathy Stannard

, Michael Coupe

, and Anthony Pickering

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199678075.003.0011
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date: 19 August 2019

Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease. Symptoms can include severe pain and loss of function. Opioids are effective analgesics, although the magnitude of the effect may be small. On the basis of the available evidence, widespread use of strong opioids cannot be recommended. With careful patient selection, however, certain patients may derive analgesic and functional benefit.

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