Sleep-disordered breathing with chronic opioid use

  title={Sleep-disordered breathing with chronic opioid use},
  author={H. Teichtahl and D. Wang},
  journal={Expert Opinion on Drug Safety},
  pages={641 - 649}
  • H. Teichtahl, D. Wang
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine
  • Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
  • Chronic opioid use for pain relief or as substitution therapy for illicit drug abuse is prevalent in our societies. In the US, retail distribution of methadone and oxycodone has increased by 824 and 660%, respectively, between 1997 and 2003. μ-Opioids depress respiration and deaths related to illicit and non illicit chronic opioid use are not uncommon. Since 2001 there has been an emerging literature that suggests that chronic opioid use is related to central sleep apnoea of both periodic and… CONTINUE READING
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