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Pain relief for kidney stones: Opioids or NSAIDs?

Pain relief for kidney stones: Opioids or NSAIDs?
October 6th, 2022

Kidney stone formers are no stranger to the intense pain that these stones can cause! Updates to pain management protocols, driven by the ongoing opioid crisis, have sparked a fresh debate: Are opioids truly the most effective pain relief option for kidney stones?

Recent studies suggest that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be just as effective as opioids for kidney stone pain relief. In addition, NSAIDs may even offer advantages such as reduced instances of vomiting and a lesser need for rescue treatments.

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