91203 - Tapering off opioid analgesia
- : Online
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