Opioid alternative? Taming tetrodotoxin for precise painkilling

Opioids remain a mainstay of treatment for chronic and surgical pain, despite their side effects and risk for addiction and overdose. While conventional local anesthetics block pain very effectively, they wear off quickly and can affect the heart and brain. Now, a study in rats offers up a possible alternative, involving an otherwise lethal pufferfish toxin.

Opioid alternative? Taming tetrodotoxin for precise painkilling

Opioids remain a mainstay of treatment for chronic and surgical pain, despite their side effects and risk for addiction and overdose. While conventional local anesthetics block pain very effectively, ...

Wed 12 Jun 19 from Medical Xpress

Opioid alternative? Taming tetrodotoxin for precise painkilling, Wed 12 Jun 19 from ScienceDaily

Opioid alternative? Taming tetrodotoxin for precise painkilling, Wed 12 Jun 19 from Eurekalert

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