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Pain management: Opioid risks outweigh benefits in rheumatoid arthritis

KEY POINT

There are limited data supporting the effectiveness of weak opioids such as tramadol or codeine in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pain and adverse effects are common, according to a recent summary of clinical evidence published in JAMA.

SOURCES

Whittle SL et al. Opioid analgesics for rheumatoid arthritis pain. JAMA. 2013;309:485–6.