Opioids prescription for symptoms relief and the impact on respiratory function: updated evidence.

@article{LpezSaca2014OpioidsPF,
  title={Opioids prescription for symptoms relief and the impact on respiratory function: updated evidence.},
  author={Jos{\'e} Mario L{\'o}pez-Saca and Carlos Centeno},
  journal={Current opinion in supportive and palliative care},
  year={2014},
  volume={8 4},
  pages={383-90}
}
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Opioids are used for treating dyspnea and other symptoms in oncological and nononcological patients. The relief of respiratory fatigue and anxiety that these opioids offer is well known. One of the scarcely frequent, but very much feared, side-effects is respiratory depression. The purpose of this review is to determine whether or not the situation of an advanced-stage patient under palliative care and the use of opioids are risk factors for respiratory depression. RECENT… CONTINUE READING