The effects of opioids on immune cells, functions and diseases

Jana Ninković, Sabita Roy

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Abstract

Opioid analgesics have been the foundation of human pain management for centuries. In spite of their many debilitating side effects, prescription opioids remain a gold standard for treatment of chronic pain. The human body naturally produces its own, endogenous opiate-like substances in order to modulate pain mechanisms. Endogenous opioids mediate our reactions to painful stimuli by binding to opioid receptors which are widely distributed throughout most tissues and organ systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNerve-Driven Immunity
Subtitle of host publicationNeurotransmitters and Neuropeptides in the Immune System
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Wien
Pages175-202
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9783709108888
ISBN (Print)9783709108871
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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