Heavy Use of Strong Opioids Leads to More IBD Patients Dying Early, Study Finds

Heavy Use of Strong Opioids Leads to More IBD Patients Dying Early, Study Finds
Heavy use of strong opioid pain medication has led to an increase in early deaths among inflammatory bowel disease patients, a British study reports. The research dealt with early deaths from all causes, not just from IBD. Researchers published the study, “Increasing Prescription of Opiates and Mortality in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in England,” in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Many IBD patients take opioids for pain. Unfortunately, the medications can cause a number of gastrointestinal tract problems. The number of opioid prescriptions that doctors write for both cancer and non-cancer pain has jumped in the past decad
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