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Pharmacology/Drug Development

2022 Dec-Jan

Top Antivir Med



Chronic Pain and Opioid Use in Older People With HIV.


Mandyam VC, Bruce DR
Top Antivir Med. 2022 Dec-Jan; 29(5):419-422.
PMID: 35191657.


Chronic pain is common among older people with HIV. Etiologies of chronic pain are multifactorial in this population. A careful and thorough initial assessment of pain is important. Associated conditions that can contribute to pain should be explored and managed as indicated. Special consideration is warranted for some of the unique aspects of pain in people with HIV. Chronic pain management is multimodal; a variety of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies are effective. Among medications, opioids can be used but carry a risk of significant harms. The use and monitoring of opioids is discussed here, and recommendations are made for the safe prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.