A new study shows opioids are no better than Tylenol for some chronic pain.
A recent article in vox.com discusses a new study done on 240 patients in the Veterans Administration who had chronic pain. They compared using potent opioid pain killers like morphine, oxycodone, or Norco with just using regular over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like Tylenol, Motrin, or Aleve. The results were identical. If anything, the OTC drugs relieved pain a little better, with fewer side effects.
A similar randomized controlled trial published last fall compared opioids with OTC painkillers for treating acute pain in shoulders, arms, and legs in the emergency room. Again, there was no difference.
We may be seeing the beginning of the end of the decades-long opioid nightmare. Fingers crossed.