One-third of people with lupus use opioids to control pain despite a lack of evidence supporting their use for rheumatic diseases, according to a study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Non-opioid therapies such as physical activity and patient teaching can be effective and have longer-lasting effects for patients with lupus, but researcher Emily Somers said they are underused.
Study: Patients with lupus use opioids at an "alarming" rate
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