Senior study author James Zadina, PhD, and first author Amy Feehan, PhD, in Zadina’s research lab at Tulane University School of Medicine. (Sally Asher, courtesy of Tulane University)
By Keith Brannon, Tulane University
Morphine and other opioid-based painkillers are very effective at treating pain initially, but studies have shown that the drugs can make patients more pain-sensitive, prolonging their discomfort and increasing their risks of developing chronic pain.
A new type of opioid developed by researchers at Tulane University and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System doesn’t have this side effect and accelerates recovery time from pain compared to morphine, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation. Continue reading »