Doctor prescribes more painkiller for

Doctor prescribes more painkiller for

Dutch general practitioners prescribe more opioids for. The increase in prescribing of painkillers is especially due to an increase in prescribing for conditions other than cancer.

That the findings of the NIVEL at the request of the College, for the Evaluation of Medicinal products (CBG).

The research shows that in the period from 2005 to 2015, the number of patients in the Netherlands which is a strong pain reliever was prescribed is increased six fold. Especially the number of prescriptions for oxycodone has increased significantly. The increase is strongest among Dutch people above the age of 75 years. This may be explained by the ageing of the population.

The increase in the number of voorschrijvingen of opioids according to the MEB by general practitioners the medication more often prescribe in back, neck and shoulder pain. In eighty percent of the cases in which for the first time an analgesic was prescribed for a different condition other than cancer, chose the doctor for a zwakwerkende opioid.


Opioids are prescribed for severe and chronic pain, for example, in cancer or after an accident or surgery. These painkillers can make sure that the patïent to the medication used or even on. There are zwakwerkende opioids, such as tramadol and sterkwerkende, such as morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl.

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