Low-dose ketamine may be an effective alternative to opioids
07/20/2018 | Medications
Opioids are commonly prescribed in the emergency department (ED) for the treatment of acute pain, but due to the epidemic of opioid misuse, analgesic alternatives are being explored. A new Academic Emergency Medicine analysis of relevant studies found that low-dose ketamine is as effective as opioids for the control of acute pain in the ED.
The analysis of 3 studies noted that although adverse events associated with ketamine were reported, few appeared to be clinically significant.
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