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    One of the chronic conditions that older adults tend to handle is physical pains. Do you think that it is always advisable to let them take pain killers? What are some of your concerns? What alternative strategies would you recommend to older patients who do have chronic pains (e.g., back pains, arthritis pains, headaches, pains from cancer)?

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    It may not always be advisable to prescribe pain killers. For one, the side effects of certain pain killers should be considered. Some pain killers, especially opioids like morphine, cause constipation via inhibition of GI tract motility. Older adults in general have trouble with GI transit. Pain killers like opioids may make this worse.

    Secondly, the ...

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