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Somerset Community Pain Management Service have produced helpful factsheets outlining the options to help you and your patients choose the most appropriate medications to prescribe.
There is no evidence that opioid medication is effective for the use of long term persistent non cancer related pain.
A position paper from the American Academy of Neurology. Over 100,000 persons have died, directly or indirectly, from prescribed opioids in the United States since policies changed in the late 1990s. This paper reviews the effectiveness and safety of opioids for non-cancer patients.
This resource, developed by UK healthcare professionals and policymakers, provides the information to support a safe and effective prescribing decision.
In the Evening Standard's investigation into the overuse of painkiller medication, we tell how Cathryn Kemp was in agony from pancreatitis. She was prescribed fentanyl. Soon she was taking 60 hits a day. It was just the start of her nightmare.
As part of the Evening Standard's special investigation into the overuse of opioids, businessman Philip Hopwood reveals how an addiction to morphine led him down the path to ruin. You can read the rest of the Standard's special investigation here. We advise you to read it on your laptop or tablet in horizontal view to receive the full digital package.
A PDF leaflet from the Faculty of Pain Medicine providing information should you be considering opioid treatments for your pain.
Links, leaflets and information to help patients make an informed decision about starting opioid therapy.
This factsheet from the team at Somerset Community Pain Management Service covers:
Pain (long-term and flare-up): medication options
Use this Option Grid decision aid to help you and your healthcare professional decide which tablets you may like to take for long-term and flare up pain of the muscles, ligaments and soft tissue.
Pain (nerve type): medication options
Use this Option Grid decision aid to help you and your healthcare professional decide which tablets you may want to considerfor the management of all nerve type pain, such as stabbing, shooting, or burning pain for patients with diabetic neuropathy or trigeminal neuralgia.
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