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91203 - Tapering off opioid analgesia

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This online activity provides a practical overview of best practice for tapering opioid therapy in the general practice setting.

Relevance to General Practice

- The past 20 years have seen an unprecedented expansion in the use of opioid analgesics in Australia, with opioid dispensing episodes increasing by at least 15-fold. 
- Almost half of the opioids prescribed in general practice are for chronic noncancer pain. 
- There is insufficient evidence for the long-term benefits of opioid analgesia in the treatment of chronic noncancer pain. 
- As abrupt cessation of opioid analgesia can lead to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, tapering off opioid therapy is the preferred strategy and can often be done in the general practice setting 

Learning outcomes
  • Be aware of the size of the opioid problem in Australia
  • Recognise symptoms of opioid withdrawal
  • Calculate the morphine-equivalent for weaning patients from opioids
  • Develop a treatment agreement with a patient when tapering opioids
  • Implement a system to reduce the risk of overdose in patients tapering opioids
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    91203 - Tapering off opioid analgesia
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