For older individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) resulting from treatment of chronic pain, buprenorphine may be a safer pain management alternative, new research suggests.
Results of the review show that in general, there is evidence to support the use of buprenorphine in older patients. It is well tolerated, it has few side effects, and it can improve pain control, study investigator Dheepthi Arakonam Ravishankar, MBBS, told Medscape Medical News. “Some of these patients had poor pain control, poor quality of life, and these improved after buprenorphine was initiated,” she added. The findings were presented here at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) 30th Annual Meeting.