FAQs in category "Opioids"


How should withdrawal symptoms be managed when discontinuing opioids in opioid-dependent patients?
Opioid withdrawal syndrome encompasses the signs and symptoms that occur as a result of a rapid decrease or cessation of opioids after prol…
What is the Illinois Naloxone Standing Order and how does a patient obtain naloxone from a pharmacy without a prescription? What naloxone dosage forms are available?
Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.1 In response to the growing opioid crisis, Illinois h…
What factors increase the risk for opioid overdose?
Opioids are potent analgesics prescribed for acute and chronic pain. They exert their pharmacological effects by binding to the opioid rece…
How does Nucynta® (tapentadol) differ from other opioids when treating chronic, non-cancer pain?
In 2016, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in an effort t…
What are the recommendations for opioid use in children?
When treating pain in children in the era of the opioid epidemic, judicious pain management is required in order to alleviate pain while mi…
What are the risks of co-prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines?
Opioids are a class of medications that are used for pain that is moderate to severe. They are often prescribed after serious injury or for…
What treatments are available for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD)?
Opioid use disorder (OUD), as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward,…
What is a morphine milligram equivalent (MME) and how do I convert a patient’s opioid dose to a total daily MME?
Morphine milligram equivalents (MME) is a unit of measure used to compare opioids of varying potencies. By converting different opioids to …
What guidance is available for tapering long-term opioid analgesics?
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a guideline comprised of 12 recommendations on prescribing opioids f…