Long-term opioid use may not increase risk of Alzheimer's
ANI | Updated: Oct 25, 2017 11:59 IST
The researchers from the University of Eastern Finland did not find any risk - neither for the long-term use nor for higher cumulative doses.
The team claims that the study is the most extensive one conducted on the topic so far.
The Opioid use may also lead to addiction or tolerance to pain-relieving effects.
Opioid use was compared between Finnish persons with the Alzheimer's disease and their control persons without the disease.
However, several adverse effects are related to opioid use, such as drowsiness and reduced alertness and for this reason, the opioid use should be restricted to the most severe pain conditions only.
The research appeared in the Pain Medicine journal. (ANI)