Opioids Prescribed During Infertility Treatments
Oct 31, 2017
Origin: ASRM Press Release
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE’S 2017 SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS & EXPO
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San Antonio, TX- Research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress today examined opioid prescription patterns following the egg retrieval stage of In Vitro Fertilization.
Using a large data base spanning 11 years, the researchers looked at the prescription records of more than 55, 000 women who had undergone an egg retrieval. To ensure the results were not confounded by patients who were already chronic opioid users, the study excluded patients who had a prior diagnosis of opioid or substance abuse disorders and those who had filled more than one opioid prescription in the 12 weeks prior to the egg retrieval.
They found that patients with mood disorders, smokers and those who had filled a prescription for anti-depressants were more likely to fill an opioid prescription. There was also significant variation by region, with 21% of patients in the South filling an opioid prescription post egg retrieval, while only 5% did so in the Northeast. The investigators concluded that given these factors, there appears to be a disconnect between expected procedural pain and the use of opioids.
“It is imperative that physicians treating couples with infertility not contribute to the widespread opioid abuse crisis. This kind of research raises our awareness of the potential for abuse and, hopefully makes us cautious with our prescription patterns” said Christos Coutifaris MD, PhD, President-elect of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
O-155 P. Bortoletto et al,” OPIOID PRESCRIBING PATTERNS AFTER EGG RETRIEVAL.”
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