Buprenorphine linked to an increase in side-effects including sedation and confusion, scientists find

A painkiller commonly used by people living with dementia could make symptoms worse, according to researchers who found it was linked to an increase in problematic side-effects including sedation and confusion.

The painkiller buprenorphine is an opioid that is available in several forms, including as a patch that delivers the drug through the skin. It is thought to result in fewer side-effects than morphine, with the added benefit that it can be given to people who have difficulty swallowing.

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