The pros and cons of long-term Opioid therapy

Duarte, R. and Raphael, J. (2014) The pros and cons of long-term Opioid therapy. Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 28 (3). pp. 308-310. ISSN 15360288 (ISSN)

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Evidence supporting the efficacy of long-term opioid therapy for chronic noncancer pain is scarce. However, weak evidence suggests that those who are able to continue opioids long-term experience clinically significant pain relief. Fear of opioid abuse or addiction should not impede the prescribing of opioids if the patients are carefully selected and monitored. In patients taking opioids who experience intolerable side effects or unsatisfactory pain relief, alternatives should be sought as soon as possible. This report is adapted from paineurope 2014; Issue 1, ©Haymarket Medical Publications Ltd., and is presented with permission. paineurope is provided as a service to pain management by Mundipharma International, Ltd., and is distributed free of charge to healthcare professionals in Europe. Archival issues can be accessed via the Web site:, at which European health professionals can register online to receive copies of the quarterly publication. © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

Item Type: Article
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September 2014Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abuse, Benefits, Long-term, Monitoring, Opioid, Risks, narcotic analgesic agent, chronic pain, drug monitoring, human, long term care, Analgesics, Opioid, Chronic Pain, Drug Monitoring, Humans, Long-Term Care
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 10:01
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15

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