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Is the Grass Really Greener? Cognitive Function After Discontinuation of Cannabis

Is the Grass Really Greener? Cognitive Function After Discontinuation of Cannabis

May 8, 2020

Cannabis use is a hot topic among patients and in healthcare circles. Cannabis is used by an estimated 20% of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients to ameliorate symptoms such as spasticity, pain, and insomnia. Unfortunately, both MS and regular cannabis use can negatively impact cognition. Determining whether cognitive impairment can be reversed upon discontinuation of cannabis can help to distinguish its beneficial and harmful effects in patients with MS. It might also provide insights regarding the reversibility of cognitive impairment when cannabis is used for recreational purposes.

Guest Authors:  Lindsey Trotter, PharmD; Sean Smithgall, PharmD, BCACP; and Nicole Slater, PharmD, BCACP

Music by Good Talk

Another Case of Newer Isn’t Always Better! Gabapentin vs. Pregabalin for Chronic Sciatica

Another Case of Newer Isn’t Always Better! Gabapentin vs. Pregabalin for Chronic Sciatica

February 8, 2019

Sciatica is a form of neuropathic pain which can be particularly frustrating for patients and difficult to manage. With a lack of evidence to guide treatment and opioid use becoming increasingly under the microscope, data supporting the use of alternative pain regimens are needed. Gabapentin and pregablin are GABA analogs often used to treat sciatic pain, but is one superior to the other? Pregabalin is newer and available as a branded product only, but is it more effective than generically available gabapentin?  A recently published study attempts to answer this question.

Guest Authors:  Austin Morgan, PharmD and Frank Fanizza, PharmD

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Painstaking Efforts to Improve Opioid Stewardship

Painstaking Efforts to Improve Opioid Stewardship

November 10, 2017

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.  In 2016, the United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a seminal guideline for primary care clinicians regarding opioid prescribing. These guidelines are now being implemented by clinicians, insurers, and healthcare institutions. The Transforming Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care (TOPCARE) study sought to assess the impact of a multicomponent care management intervention on opioid stewardship in four primary care centers.

Guest Authors:  Lucas Hill and Jennifer Shin

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Wrapping up Knee Pain: Cabbage Leaf Wraps for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Wrapping up Knee Pain: Cabbage Leaf Wraps for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

August 11, 2017

Cabbage leaf wraps (CLWs) … the newest health craze trending on social media? A culinary masterpiece? Or an effective complementary treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) relief? A recently published study attempted to answer the latter question.

Guest Author:  Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP

Music by Good Talk

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