Opioids linked to pneumonia in Alzheimer’s

Latest

Opioids linked to pneumonia in Alzheimer’s

In Latest

Opioid analgesics were associated with a 30 per cent increase in the risk of pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Carried out by the University of Eastern Finland, this is the first study to investigate the connection between opioids and pneumonia.

Researchers concluded that although opioids are important in the treatment of severe acute pain for people with Alzheimer's, treatment using opioids should begin at a low dose and be regularly assessed because there is a risk of patients developing pneumonia. Pneumonia is a severe but common issue for people with Alzheimer’s disease, which can lead to hospitalisation and even death.

The study included 5,623 people with Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed in Finland during 2010-2011 and found that the risk of pneumonia was most significant in the first two months of using opioids. The risk was highest among those using strong opioids, such as oxycodone or fentanyl, but the risk was also increased among those using buprenorphine, tramadol or codeine. People with active cancer were excluded from the study and other diseases and drug use were also recorded.

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

NICE warns of indoor pollution dangers

Recommendations of ways to reduce exposure to indoor air pollution has been published in new guidance by NICE.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Returned medicines 'could put staff at Covid-19 risk'

The NPA says pharmacists should consider the safety of pharmacy teams when deciding whether to accept unwanted medicines.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Public perception of pharmacy improved during Covid-19

The public’s perception of pharmacy improved during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an NPA survey. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Consultation underway on draft PCN service specs

Consultation under way on first draft PCN service specifications.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

NPA announces board election results

The National Pharmacy Association has announced that Andrew Lane has been re-elected as chair for two more years.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Stop selling Covid antibody test kits, companies asked

Companies providing Covid-19 antibody testing services involving fingerprick blood samples have been asked to put the service on hold.

1 Min Article

Recommended Learning

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

Managing heartburn and indigestion in the pharmacy

Learn how to identify and help customers manage heartburn and indigestion, from recommending the right products to ease symptoms, to self-care advice and identifying red flags for referral

22 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
News

Bacterial vaginosis (BV): Test and treat

This short module is designed to help you have conversations with customers about Canestest and Canesbalance Bacterial Vaginosis Vaginal Gel.

10 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Videos

Treating acid reflux and heartburn in the pharmacy

Understand how omeprazole 20mg works to treat heartburn and acid reflux symptoms

5 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Videos

Advising on very dry and eczema-prone skin

This video will guide you through a consultation with Michelle, a customer with very dry skin, and help you recommend suitable products to help

300 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

Advising customers of a unique formulation for a blocked and runny nose from colds

Understand the differences between topical medication for nasal symptoms of the common cold, and topical medication for ongoing nasal problems

25 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

Managing dry eye and blepharitis

Discover the link between dry eye and blepharitis and learn how to help customers effectively manage these conditions.

600 Min Module