Neurology Central

Switching off pain at the source: is this the end for opioid pain relief?

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Opiates, like morphine or codeine, are used to suppress nociceptive pain in humans. While these drugs can provide effective pain relief, they also cause an extensive array of undesirable side effects, including central depression, sedation and addiction. Relatively recently, the sodium channel Nav1.7 was shown to be essential for pain perception in humans.

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