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  1. 10 Apr 2014
    Carbamazepine for chronic neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia in adults
    Neuropathic pain is pain coming from damaged nerves. It is different from pain messages carried along healthy nerves from damaged tissue (a fall, or cut, or arthritic knee). Neuropathic pain is treated by different medicines than pain from damaged tissue. Medicines like paracetamol or ibuprofen are not effective in neuropathic pain, while medicines ...
  2. 28 Jan 2014
    Clonidine premedication for postoperative pain in children
    Review question We reviewed the evidence about the effect of giving clonidine before anaesthesia (that is, as a premedication) on postoperative pain in children. Background Pain after operations remains a major problem for children undergoing surgery. Premedication is the practice of giving a drug to reduce anxiety or provide sedation, or both, ...
  3. 23 Jan 2014
    Skin-to-skin (Kangaroo Care) with newborns cuts down procedural pain
    Newborns wearing only a diaper being held next to their mother's bare chest is referred to as skin-to-skin contact and is also sometimes called Kangaroo Care because of its similarity to the way kangaroo mothers care for their young. Newborns, especially those who must spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, must have various tests and procedures ...
  4. 9 Dec 2013
    Treatment for jellyfish stings Podcast
    Jellyfish stings are common in temperate coastal regions around the world. Specialised stinging cells on the jellyfish called nematocysts produce the sting. The stings of different jellyfish species produce different symptoms of varying severity. Milder symptoms include pain and skin reactions such as redness and itching at the site of the sting. This ...
  5. 3 Dec 2013
    Lamotrigine (an antiepileptic drug) for chronic neuropathic pain or fibromyalgia
    Neuropathic pain is pain coming from damaged nerves. It is different from pain messages carried along healthy nerves from damaged tissue (a fall, or cut, or arthritic knee). Neuropathic pain is treated by different medicines than pain from damaged tissue. Medicines like paracetamol or ibuprofen are not effective in neuropathic pain, while medicines ...
  6. 23 Oct 2013
    Single dose oral dexibuprofen for acute postoperative pain in adults
    Acute pain is often felt soon after injury. Most people who have surgery have moderate or severe pain afterwards. People with pain are used to test pain killers. They have often had wisdom teeth removed. The pain is often treated with pain killers given by mouth. Results can be applied to other forms of acute pain. A series of reviews looks at how good ...
  7. 22 Oct 2013
    Single-dose oral celecoxib for postoperative pain
    Acute pain is often felt soon after injury. Most people who have surgery have moderate or severe pain afterwards. People with pain are used to test pain killers. They have often had wisdom teeth removed. The pain is often treated with pain killers given by mouth. Results can then be applied to other forms of acute pain. A series of reviews has looked ...
  8. 10 Oct 2013
    Psychological interventions for needle-related procedural pain and distress in children and adolescents
    Psychological interventions (for example, distraction, hypnosis, coping skills training) are treatments used to reduce pain and distress (anxiety and fear, or both) that children and adolescents experience while undergoing medical procedures involving needles. There is strong evidence that distraction and hypnosis are effective in reducing the pain ...
  9. 9 Oct 2013
    Single dose oral etoricoxib for acute pain relief in adults experiencing moderate or severe pain following a surgical procedure Podcast
    Etoricoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which produces relief of pain in a number of different painful conditions. This review looked at how good etoricoxib was in relieving moderate or severe pain following surgery. Six studies provided information. Etoricoxib 120 mg provided effective pain relief for almost 7 in 10 (66%) of participants, ...
  10. 5 Oct 2013
    Transdermal fentanyl for cancer pain
    Fentanyl patches placed on the skin produced good pain relief for most people with moderate or severe cancer pain. One person in two or three who gets cancer will suffer from pain that becomes moderate or severe in intensity. The pain tends to get worse as the cancer progresses. Morphine taken by mouth has been used since the 1950s for controlling cancer ...

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