How should opioids be used in the treatment of chronic pain?

Updated: Jan 29, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Answer

See the list below:

  • Assess the underlying cause.

  • Prescribe acetaminophen or NSAIDs.

  • Opioids may be used, but long-acting formulations are recommended in place of prn dosing.

    • Select formulation based on previous response, adverse effects, and comorbid conditions.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!