Tapering Long-term Opioid Therapy in Chronic Noncancer Pain: Evidence and Recommendations for Everyday Practice.

@article{Berna2015TaperingLO,
  title={Tapering Long-term Opioid Therapy in Chronic Noncancer Pain: Evidence and Recommendations for Everyday Practice.},
  author={Chantal Berna and Ronald J. Kulich and James P. Rathmell},
  journal={Mayo Clinic proceedings},
  year={2015},
  volume={90 6},
  pages={
          828-42
        }
}
Increasing concern about the risks and limited evidence supporting the therapeutic benefit of long-term opioid therapy for chronic noncancer pain are leading prescribers to consider discontinuing the use of opioids. In addition to overt addiction or diversion, the presence of adverse effects, diminishing analgesia, reduced function and quality of life, or the absence of progress toward functional goals can justify an attempt at weaning patients from long-term opioid therapy. However… CONTINUE READING

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