Opioids Increase Infection Risk in Arthritis Patients

Higher rates of infection were associated with long-acting opioids, immunosuppressive opioids, and those with a higher daily morphine equivalent dose.

Opioids, such as hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lortab®), are often turned to for relieving arthritis pain. But, in addition to the increased risk of addiction-like dependence the drugs pose, a new study shows that taking opioids appears to raise the risk for serious infections among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). According to research published in Arthritis & […]

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