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Tapering

The author presents effective strategies to tapering your patients off of opioid therapy.
While there are people who misuse and abuse opioids, there are also many patients with severe, chronic, intractable pain for whom a safe and effective weaning approach is needed.
Patients on chronic opioid therapy need special attention when it comes to preoperative and postoperative care. In this article, clinicians debate the benefits of reducing opioids prior to surgery.
Family physicians are presented with a pain management roadmap for setting realistic treatment expectations with the chronic pain patient, including when and how to wean off opioids.
Presentation by Chantal Berna, MD With the growing concern about misuse and abuse of opioids, it may be prudent to review the treatment plan of noncancer patients on long term opioids, with the goal of tapering them off when possible.
Interview with Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA Managing pain from knee or hip osteoarthritis (OA) is oftentimes a top priority—both for patients and physicians.1 Although there is no cure for OA, opioids have become a common therapy for managing pain,2,3 especially in patients who are unresponsive or can not tolerate anti-inflammatory medication.
A pain expert answers the question: What is the best way to taper a chronic pain patient off opioids?
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