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Study backs lower opioid doses after surgery

Becker’s Hospital Review
By Anuja Vaidya
July 12, 2019

Patients who receive nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, along with opioids after surgery may use fewer opioids than patients who only receive opioids, according to new research.

The research, conducted by the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, was presented at the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Boston July 11-14.

The researchers examined 40 patients who underwent arthroscopic shoulder instability repair. The patients were divided into two groups, one of which received 600 milligrams of ibuprofen and a 10-pill rescue prescription of Percocet, while the other only received the Percocet. Both groups received the same prescription of Percocet.