Use of long-acting opioids may increase the risk for serious infections, including pneumonia, among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to study findings published the October 19 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology.


Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Health Policy examined the potential association between 15 different oral opioids and serious infections among 1,790 adult patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were hospitalized for infections, including pneumonia, meningitis, encephalitis, septicemia, cellulitis or a soft tissue infection.


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