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Prescribed Opioids Raise Risk of Pneumonia In Patients With and Without HIV

Taking prescribed opioids raises the risk of pneumonia in individuals with and without HIV, a new Yale-led study finds. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reinforces the concern that prescription opioid painkillers have a negative impact on the immune system. It also underscores the need for awareness among opioid prescribers who can take steps to minimize the risk of pneumonia through vaccination and promoting smoking cessation, the researchers said. To their knowledge, this is the first study to examine the impact of prescribed opioids on pneumonia risk in patients with HIV.

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Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2019