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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467148/controlling-postoperative-use-of-i-v-acetaminophen-at-an-academic-medical-center
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William R Vincent, Paul Huiras, Jennifer Empfield, Kevin J Horbowicz, Keith Lewis, David McAneny, David Twitchell
PURPOSE: Results of an interprofessional formulary initiative to decrease postoperative prescribing of i.v. acetaminophen are reported. SUMMARY: After a medical center added i.v. acetaminophen to its formulary, increased prescribing of the i.v. formulation and a 3-fold price increase resulted in monthly spending of more than $40,000, prompting an organizationwide effort to curtail that cost while maintaining effective pain management. The surgery, anesthesia, and pharmacy departments applied the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Model for Improvement to implement (1) pharmacist-led enforcement of prescribing restrictions, (2) retrospective evaluation of i...
February 21, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29465469/a-critical-appraisal-of-gabapentinoids-for-pain-in-cancer-patients
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Roberta I Jordan, Matthew R Mulvey, Michael I Bennett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Gabapentinoids are frequently used in the management of cancer pain. In recent Cochrane systematic reviews, although there was an abundance of evidence relating to non-cancer pain, only a few studies related to cancer pain. This review summarizes recent randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the use of gabapentinoids for tumour-related (as monotherapy or part of combination therapy) and treatment-related pain. RECENT FINDINGS: For tumour-related pain, ten out of thirteen studies showed statistically significant benefits in favour of gabapentinoids...
February 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458790/non-pharmacological-interventions-and-non-fentanyl-pharmacological-treatments-for-breakthrough-cancer-pain-a-systematic-and-critical-review
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REVIEW
Sebastiano Mercadante
BACKGROUND: Oral opioids or other pharmacological or non-pharmacological interventions are often suggested in the management of breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP). The aim of this systematic and critical review was to analyse and critically comment the evidence of any non-fentanyl therapies proposed for BTcP. METHODS: A systematic literature search was carried out to find studies providing clinical data on any treatment excluding fentanyl products. RESULTS: No data exist about the use of oral opioids...
February 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457824/understanding-the-conformational-analysis-of-gababutin-based-hybrid-peptides
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Maruthi Konda, Rohit G Jadhav, Sayan Maiti, Shaikh M Mobin, Brice Kauffmann, Apurba K Das
Constrained γ-amino acid gababutin (Gbn) based peptides that form different conformations have been synthesized. Striving to rationalize the impact of side chain orientations framing tetrapeptide-based supramolecular organic frameworks and morphological entities, Gbn incorporated hybrid peptides Boc-Gbn-Aib-Aaa-Aib-OMe (where Aaa = Phe(F) for peptide 1, Leu(L) for peptide 2 and Tyr(Y) for peptide 3) were synthesized by changing the amino acid at the third position. The solution state dual folded conformation (C12 /C10 H-bonded) is probed by 2D NMR spectroscopy in support of a DMSO-d6 titration and VT NMR experiments...
February 19, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456150/antidepressants-as-antipruritic-agents-a-review
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Randeep Kaur, V R Sinha
Pruritus is a concomitant symptom of various underlying disorders viz. dermatological, systemic and psychiatric disorders that provoke the person to scratch the skin. Many natural as well as, antipruritic therapies are usually practiced in the treatment of pruritus including general preventive measures, topical therapies such as cooling agents, antihistamines, anesthetics, capsaicin, corticosteroids, immunomodulators and; systemic therapies including administration of antihistamines, opioid antagonists/agonists, antiepileptic drugs/neuroleptics (e...
February 15, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454480/preoperative-pain-measures-ineffective-in-outpatient-abdominal-surgeries
#6
Robert Wright, Julia Wright, Kyler Perry, Daniel Wright
BACKGROUND: The multimodality addition of preoperative gabapentin, acetaminophen, and celecoxib (GAC) and postoperative TENS has been recommended to diminish narcotics. We predict that GAC-TENS implementation will reduce recovery room time, improve pain control, reduce narcotic refills, and demonstrate usefulness of TENS treatment. METHODS: A prospective study compared a control group of patients not utilizing the GAC-TENS protocol during 2015 to patients using the GAC-TENS protocol during 2016...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453006/illicit-and-prescription-drug-misuse-as-reported-to-the-maine-diversion-alert-program
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Brian J Piper, Michael J Suarez, John P Piserchio, Dipam T Shah, Olapeju M Simoyan, Kenneth L McCall, Clare E Desrosiers, Stephanie D Nichols
BACKGROUND: The opioid epidemic is rapidly evolving and new tools are needed to combat drug abuse. The Maine Diversion Alert Program (DAP) is an informational resource that facilitates communication about drug arrests between the criminal justice and healthcare fields. The objectives of this report were to: (1) describe the illegal and prescription pharmaceuticals reported to the DAP; (2) determine if the drugs implicated in arrests changed from the first to latter half of 2016; (3) identify the demographic and other characteristics of arrestees; and (4) outline the strengths and limitations of the DAP for other areas considering implementing similar programs...
February 6, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451061/neck-tongue-syndrome-an-underrecognized-childhood-onset-cephalalgia
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Nicholas M Allen, Hormos S Dafsari, Elizabeth Wraige, Heinz Jungbluth
Neck-tongue syndrome is a rarely reported headache disorder characterized by occipital and/or upper neck pain triggered by sudden rotatory head movement and accompanied by abnormal sensation and/or posture of the ipsilateral tongue. Although onset is thought to be in childhood, most of the limited number of cases reported so far were adults. Here the authors describe 3 cases, 2 girls and 1 boy, with neck-tongue syndrome. In each child additional headache symptoms occurred, headache improved over time in all, spontaneously in 2 and coinciding with gabapentin treatment in the other...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443722/characterizing-treatment-utilization-patterns-for-trigeminal-neuralgia-in-the-united-states
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Joanna M Zakrzewska, Ning Wu, John Y K Lee, Brian Werneburg, Deborah Hoffman, Ying Liu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a rare orofacial disorder characterized by severe unilateral paroxysmal pain in the region of the fifth cranial nerve. Clinical guidelines recommend carbamazepine (only US Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for TN) and oxcarbazepine as first-line therapies. We utilized the US Truven Health MarketScan database to examine treatment patterns among patients with TN. METHODS: Included patients were aged ≥18 years, newly diagnosed with TN (≥2 TN diagnoses ≥14 days apart; no diagnosis in the prior year), continuously enrolled 1 year pre-index, with ≥3 years' follow-up post-index...
February 13, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438840/efficacy-and-safety-of-combined-low-doses-of-either-diclofenac-or-celecoxib-with-gabapentin-versus-their-single-high-dose-in-treatment-of-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
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Mohamed A Ibrahim, Walaa Yehia Abdelzaher, Remon R Rofaeil, Soha Abdelwahab
Neuropathic pain is a worldwide health problem with no consensus regarding its optimal therapy. This study compared the analgesic effect and gastric, hepatic, and renal safety of combined low doses of diclofenac and celecoxib with gabapentin versus their individual high doses in the treatment of neuropathic pain in rats. Left sciatic nerve ligation was used as neuropathic pain model. Rats were allocated into 7 groups (7 rats for each): sham control; model group (received vehicle); Gaba-group (received gabapentin (100 mg/kg /day); Diclo 10-group (received diclofenac (10 mg/kg); Cele 10-group (received celecoxib (10 mg/kg/day); Gaba + Diclo 5 (receivedgabapentin(100 mg/kg /day) plus diclofenac (5 mg/kg); Gaba + Cele 5 (received gabapentin (100 mg/kg/day) plus celecoxib (5 mg/kg))...
February 10, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438648/managing-menopausal-symptoms-after-cancer-an-evidence-based-approach-for-primary-care
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Jennifer L Marino, Helen C McNamara, Martha Hickey
Impaired ovarian function and menopausal symptoms are common after cancer treatment. Menopausal symptoms often occur at an earlier age in women with cancer, and may be more severe than in natural menopause; they may be the most persistent and troubling sequelae of cancer. A third of female patients with cancer report dissatisfaction with the quality and length of physician-patient discussions about reproductive health, including menopause. Systemic menopausal hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, but it is not suitable for all patients after cancer - where it is unsuitable, alternative effective non-hormonal treatments are available...
February 19, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436434/updates-in-palliative-care-overview-and-recent-advancements-in-the-pharmacological-management-of-cancer-pain
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Helen Wood, Andrew Dickman, Angela Star, Jason W Boland
Pain is a common symptom in many types of cancer. Interdisciplinary team management, including pain assessment, explanation to the patient/family, treating the reversible, non-pharmacological treatments and reassessment are essential. This article focuses on the pharmacological management of cancer pain, and overviews and updates on the recent advances in this field. Both non-opioid and opioid analgesia as well as coanalgesics (adjuvants) are reviewed. Within non-opioid analgesia the risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are considered and recommendations for NSAIDs in patients at risk of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular toxicity are made...
February 2018: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29431387/herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia-prevention-and-management
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Aaron Saguil, Shawn Kane, Michael Mercado, Rebecca Lauters
Herpes zoster, or shingles, is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox. There are an estimated 1 million cases in the Unites States annually, with an individual lifetime risk of 30%. Patients with conditions that decrease cell-mediated immunity are 20 to 100 times more likely to develop herpes zoster. Patients may present with malaise, headache, low-grade fever, and abnormal skin sensations for two to three days before the classic maculopapular rash appears. The rash is usually unilateral, confined to a single dermatome, and typically progresses to clear vesicles that become cloudy and crust over in seven to 10 days...
November 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423314/adverse-cognitive-effect-of-gabapentin-in-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury-preliminary-findings
#14
Kazuko Shem, Steven Barncord, Kara Flavin, Manoj Mohan
Study design: Prospective observational cohort study. Objectives: To assess the effects of gabapentin on neuropsychological variables including memory, attention, and executive function in individuals with spinal cord injury. Setting: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center inpatient spinal cord injury unit. Methods: Ten patients (three females, seven males) with traumatic spinal cord injury underwent testing, with a mean age of 35...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422437/effect-of-cold-pack-therapy-for-management-of-burn-scar-pruritus-a-pilot-study
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So Young Joo, June-Bum Kim, Yoon Soo Cho, Yong Suk Cho, Cheong Hoon Seo
PURPOSE: Pruritus, a common, chronically disabling condition is often refractory to treatment. The pruritus sensation is mediated in the spinal cord and post-burn pruritus is considered a form of neuropathic pain. We investigated cold pack therapy as a treatment modality for post-burn pruritus. METHODS: We studied 23 patients with severe pruritus scoring at least 5 on the visual analogue scale (VAS) and refractory to antihistamine and gabapentin administration. Each cold pack therapy lasted more than 20min...
February 5, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415813/advances-in-behavioral-psychopharmacology
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REVIEW
Leslie Sinn
Recent studies have led to some groundbreaking findings regarding the use of medications for the support of behavioral health in dogs and cats. Despite tantalizing results, these studies should be viewed in light of their limitations. Consequently, the results of these studies should be applied in the clinical setting with caution and with a full understanding of the potential pros and cons of using these medications. A review of the research available on trazodone, clonidine, detomidine, dexmedetomidine, propranolol, pindolol, maropitant, memantine, venlafaxine, and gabapentin discusses these pros and cons and highlights key points regarding their clinical use and application...
February 5, 2018: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411722/gabapentin-pretreatment-for-propofol-and-rocuronium-injection-pain-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
#17
M Y Cakirgöz, I Demirel, E Duran, A B Özer, U A Türkmen, A Ersoy, A Aksu, V Hancı
AIM: This prospectively-planned, randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study aims to evaluate the effect of 1200 mg gabapentin premedication on the incidence and severity of propofol and rocuronium injection pain. METHOD: One hundred patients, between 18-60 years of age and ASA I-II for elective surgery planned under general anaesthetic, were randomized and divided into two groups. Two hours before the operation, the patients were given either a placebo tablet (Group P, n = 50) or 1200 mg gabapentin tablet (Group G, n = 50)...
January 2018: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29408090/effects-of-ralfinamide-in-models-of-nerve-injury-and-chemotherapy-induced-neuropathic-pain
#18
Xiaonan Liang, Gang Yu, Ruibin Su
Neuropathic pain is among the most common and difficult-to-treat types of chronic pain and is associated with sodium channel malfunction. The sodium channel blocker ralfinamide has exhibited potent analgesic effects in several preclinical pain models and in patients with mixed neuropathic pain syndromes (Phase II trials), but it failed to ameliorate neuropathic low back pain in Phase III trials. It is unclear whether ralfinamide is effective against neuropathic pain induced by specified etiologies. In the present study, the antinociceptive effects of ralfinamide in neuropathic pain models induced by spared nerve injury and chemotherapy were compared in a gabapentin-controlled manner...
January 30, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29405267/pharmacological-and-neurosurgical-interventions-for-managing-dystonia-in-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review
#19
Darcy Fehlings, Leah Brown, Adrienne Harvey, Kate Himmelmann, Jean-Pierre Lin, Alexander Macintosh, Jonathan W Mink, Elegast Monbaliu, James Rice, Jessica Silver, Lauren Switzer, Ilana Walters
AIM: To systematically review evidence for pharmacological/neurosurgical interventions for managing dystonia in individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) to inform a care pathway. METHOD: Searches included studies with a minimum of five participants with dystonia in CP receiving oral baclofen, benzodiazepines (clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam), clonidine, gabapentin, levodopa, trihexyphenidyl, botulinum toxin, intrathecal baclofen (ITB), or deep brain stimulation (DBS)...
February 6, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402440/-pain-management-in-children-with-erythromelalgia-case-report
#20
Estela Irene Bortoli, Rioko Kimiko Sakata
Erythromelalgia is a neuropathic pain syndrome due to an autosomal dominant gene, characterized by erythema, increased skin temperature and burning pain in hands and feet, whose treatment is often unsatisfactory. In this paper, we report a case of a 9 years old female patient whose first episode of burning pain, erythema and edema of the hands, without triggering factors, had instant relief after immersion in cold water. She presented with systemic arterial hypertension and had seizures. The patient was treated with gabapentin (150mg...
February 2, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
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