Acute Pain Management in Patients With Opioid Tolerance

Adebola Adesoye, PharmD, BCPS; Nakia Duncan, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS


US Pharmacist. 2017;42(3):28-33. 

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Acute pain management presents a challenge in patients with opioid tolerance, and undertreatment is a risk in this population. Acute pain should be managed multi-modally and with effective coordination of the multi-disciplinary team to best meet the patient's analgesic needs. Patients receiving long-term OAT with methadone or buprenorphine should continue to receive maintenance therapy and may require additional treatment via a multimodal approach, including short-acting opioids, for acute pain management.