Opioids boost infection risk in arthritis patients

Posted 14 Nov, 2015
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Taking opioids appears to raise the risk for serious infections among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to Andrew W. Wiese, Department of Health Policy Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, and colleagues.

Their study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, found that higher rates of infection were associated with long-acting opioids, potentially immunosuppressive opioids, and those with a higher daily morphine-equivalent dose.

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