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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.
A PDF leaflet from the Faculty of Pain Medicine providing information should you be considering opioid treatments for your pain.
This resource, developed by UK healthcare professionals and policymakers, provides the information to support a safe and effective prescribing decision.
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.
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.
Following a review of the risks associated with use of opioid medicines for non-cancer pain, the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) has recommended that fentanyl transdermal patches are contraindicated in opioid-naive patients in the UK.
Download this decision aid to help you and your healthcare professional decide which tablets you may like to take for your flare-up pain of the muscles, ligaments, or soft tissue. This medication information applies to the United Kingdom only. Co-codamol, tramadol and anti-inflammatory medication should only be taken for a short period.
Use this decision aid to help you and your healthcare professional decide which tablets you may want to consider for the management of all nerve type pain, such as stabbing, shooting, or burning pain, except for patients with diabetic neuropathy or trigeminal neuralgia. This medication information applies to the United Kingdom only.
This factsheet from the team at Somerset Community Pain Management Service covers:
Links, leaflets and information to help patients make an informed decision about starting opioid therapy.
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