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Research update: Is tapentadol different from classical opioids?

Pain specialist and joint editor Dr Karen H Simpson reviews the evidence of whether tapentadol is different from classical opioids

Case study: Complex paediatric postoperative pain management

Dr Benjamin M Thomas describes the analgesic challenges in the postoperative period following paediatric orthopaedic surgery

Research update: Oxycodone/naloxone compared with tapentadol for low back pain with a neuropathic component in an open-label study

Dr Karen H Simpson presents the findings of a 12-week study by Ueberall and Mueller-Schwefe comparing oxycodone/naloxone with tapentadol for chronic low back pain with a neuropathic component

Opioid use and driving

Opioid therapy at stable dosage for chronic pain does not necessarily cause loss of driving ability, however, the doctor and patient must consider all additional risk factors for unsafe driving, explains pain expert Professor Harald Breivik

Relief of acute pain after surgery in opioid-tolerant patients

Pain expert, Professor Harald Breivik, discusses the difficulties encountered when managing perioperative pain in patients on long-term opioid treatment and emphasises the need for gradual dose titration

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