Patients without certain comorbidities can be treated for post-operative pain in a way that reduces opioid use and the risk for dependence, pain experts said at a conference. Acetaminophen has been shown to work well with ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as with opioids to enhance pain relief using lower doses of opiods. Certain opioids should be avoided entirely, one expert said.
Experts urge surgeons to consider alternatives to opioids for post-op pain
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