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Opioids in Non-Cancer Pain



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  • Opioids in Non-Cancer Pain
    Opioids in Non-Cancer Pain


Opioids have been used routinely for the management of acute pain related to trauma and surgery in the hospital setting for many years; they are also administered to patients with persistent pain, despite controversy surrounding the potential risks for drug dependency/abuse. Persistentnon-cancer pain is a common symptom presenting for consultation in primary care, but the treatment options are limited, and there is a lack of solid evidence and established guidelines as to when and how to use opioid analgesics in this group of patients. Part of the Oxford Pain Management Library, this pocketbook brings clinicians up-to-date on the current use of opioid drugs in patients with non-cancer pain, and highlights the potential benefits of therapy as well as the problems that can occur.

Table of Contents

Opioid pharmacology
Opioid action: insights from imaging
Current good practice in pain medicine
Benefits and adverse effects of opioids
Opioid-induced hyperalgesia and anthyperalgesia
Contraindications, cautions and drug interactions
Evidence for efficacy of opioids: back pain
Evidence for efficacy of opioids: pain associated with osteoarthritis
Evidence for efficacy of opioids: neuropathic pain
Practical aspects of prescribing
Pain and substance misuse
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