Archive October 2004 V, No. 10

5 Tips for Managing Opioid-Tolerant Patients

How to handle the special post-op analgesia needs of this growing patient population.

Yasmine Iqbal, Contributing Editor

The number of people taking opioids such as codeine, oxycodone and hydrocodone to manage chronic pain has skyrocketed in the past few years. Although these medications can make daily life bearable for people with cancer, traumatic injuries or other painful diseases and disorders, the tolerance that they develop as a result of taking them can make it much more difficult to get adequate pain relief after surgery. In this article, we'll discuss how to handle the special post-op analgesia needs of opioid-tolerant patients.

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