ABSTRACT

Safe and Responsible Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain: A Patient Information Guide   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Document: "Opioids are medicines that may be used to treat pain. Opioids also are called 'opiates' or 'narcotics.' Opioids can be dangerous, even when prescribed and taken responsibly. Taking opioids at any dose may be harmful. We want to make sure you have the information and strategies to keep yourself and others safe when using these medicines. [...] Opioids are not the most effective treatment for long-term, non-cancer pain. In fact, opioids are no longer recommended for the treatment of most patients with chronic pain. If prescription opioids are used, you will be given information on possible side effects, other risks, and monitoring needed for your safety. Over the past 20 years, we have learned several important things about using opioids for chronic pain."

Report Number:
IB 10-791, P96791; Version 2
Publisher:
Date:
2018-10
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Publishing Office: https://www.gpo.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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