Prescription Painkillers for Outpatient Surgeries May Lead to Long-Term Use

Older adults who receive pain medications after surgery may be at higher risk of becoming addicted, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. Physicians often prescribe opioids, including codeine and oxycodone, after outpatient surgeries. While these drugs are proven to be effective for temporary pain relief, they are also associated with side effects including sedation, constipation and breathing problems, as well as addiction. Researchers analyzed...Full Story
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