Nurse Prescribing, Vol. 7, Iss. 5, 08 May 2009, pp 212 - 218
This article provides a summary of the issues associated with prescribing opioids. It includes a definition of pain and the factors affecting the perception of pain and the pain threshold. The article addresses what opioids are, how they work and the common side-effects associated with them. Finally, it briefly signposts the reader to further information that can be accessed when required to convert one opioid to another, deciding on the dose and frequency of an opioid to be prescribed and writing the opioid prescription itself.
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