Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, coauthor of the recent NEJM article, "Medication Reconciliation for Controlled Substances - An â€˜Ideal' Prescription-Drug Monitoring Program," discusses the current state of prescription drug monitoring programs around the country, several characteristics shared by successful programs, and the difficulty of getting physicians and patients to grasp the scope of the opioid abuse epidemic.
A look at pain management clinical trials, August 2012. As part of our continued effort to provide pain professionals with the resources they need, PainLive presents summaries of ongoing clinical trials in a broad range of pain management topics.
Trigeminal neuralgia, or tic doloureux, is one of the least recognized and most excruciating chronic pain conditions. Anticonvulsants have been shown to be effective, but some patients require surgical intervention to find relief from the pain.
Research showing that duloxetine relieves pain associated with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is first study to demonstrate effective pharmacotherapy for this condition.
Also known as rebound headache, medication overuse headache is a fairly common condition that can be missed by non-specialists who are unfamiliar with its presentation and clinical signs. This article reviews the causes and types of medication overuse headache and discusses the current thinking on treatment.
Physicians today take postoperative pain more seriously, and treat it more effectively, than ever before. But pain specialists say new medications and new research make it possible to do even better-if clinicians remember two important concepts.
A review of the guidelines published by the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in the April 2012 issue of Neurology reveals some interesting surprises.