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October 16, 2018

Opioid-related Adverse Reactions Underreported

A recent pilot study by researchers at the University of Connecticut concluded that a significant number of older adults do not contact their primary care provider after experiencing an analgesic related adverse drug reaction (ADR). Examples of reported opioid related ADRs included symptoms of confusion, constipation, and fatigue. The authors recommend enhanced patient education, thorough medication reconciliation, and reaching out to patient after prescription.  [More detail]