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NICE Set To Rule Against Commonly-Used Drugs For Chronic Primary Pain

Monday 17 August 2020


From the UK's Nursing Times:



NICE set to rule against commonly-used drugs for chronic primary pain

By Steve Ford
11 August 2020
Copyright © 2020 Emap Publishing Limited. This content is for health professionals only.

Commonly used drugs, like paracetamol and ibuprofen, can do more harm than good for chronic primary pain, including fibromyalgia, and should not be used, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

There was little or no evidence they worked for chronic primary pain and should not be prescribed, NICE has said in a draft guideline on the assessment and management of chronic pain in over 16s.

Instead, patients with chronic primary pain should be offered supervised group exercise programmes, some types of psychological therapy, or acupuncture.

NICE noted that chronic primary pain represented chronic pain as a condition in itself, which could not be accounted for by another diagnosis and was not the symptom of an underlying condition.


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