Tramadol HCL (Generic Ultram) found to be helpful for Chronic Back Pain.

February 27, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Dr. Maren L. Mahowald and the colleagues of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center point out the concerns regarding efficacy and side effects of the opioids in the Medical journal. The narcotic agents have a role in the treatment of pain associated with the conditions like damaged disks and intolerable back pain after the surgery.

The researchers analyzed the use of drugs. A total of 152 patients were prescribed opioids like codeine, oxycodone, propoxyphene and tramadol. Ninety-four patients took them for less than 3 months.

Interviews conducted with a cross-section of the opioid users showed that these agents significantly reduced the severity of back pain, from 8.3 to 4.5 on a 10-point scale. The patients did not find that the drugs became less effective over time, and there was no significant increase in the average daily dose of opioid over the study period.

The authors conclude that, "doubts or concerns about opioid efficacy, toxicity, tolerance, and abuse or addiction should not be used to justify the withholding of opioids from patients who have pain related to defined spinal diseases."

This study, they add, "provides clinical evidence to support and protect physicians treating patients with chronic musculoskeletal diseases, who may be reluctant to prescribe opioids because of possible sanctions from regulatory agencies."

Sources :
Health News ;
Arthritis and Rheumatism, January 2005

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