Chronic use of opioid analgesics in non-malignant pain: Report of 38 cases

@article{Portenoy1986ChronicUO,
  title={Chronic use of opioid analgesics in non-malignant pain: Report of 38 cases},
  author={R. Portenoy and K. Foley},
  journal={Pain},
  year={1986},
  volume={25},
  pages={171-186}
}
&NA; Thirty‐eight patients maintained on opioid analgesics for non‐malignant pain were retrospectively evaluated to determine the indications, course, safety and efficacy of this therapy. Oxycodone was used by 12 patients, methadone by 7, and levorphanol by 5; others were treated with propoxyphene, meperidine, codeine, pentazocine, or some combination of these drugs. Nineteen patients were treated for four or more years at the time of evaluation, while 6 were maintained for more than 7 years… Expand
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