Letters Paracetamol, spinal pain, and osteoarthritis
Paracetamol should remain the first line option for persistent painBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2221 (Published 28 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2221
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- Felicity C Veal, lecturer in pharmacy practice1,
- Angus J Thompson, lecturer in therapeutics1
- 1University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Persistent pain in older people is a serious problem that is often undermanaged.1 Osteoarthritis disproportionately affects older people, yet they are often under-represented in trials. Furthermore, their response to analgesics may differ from that of younger patients owing to altered pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.2
The fundamental question raised by this meta-analysis is, if we dismiss paracetamol from our armamentarium, …
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