Fast Five Quiz: Oncology Pain Management

Winston W. Tan, MD


July 19, 2021

Mu receptor antagonists (eg, naloxone) must be used in the treatment of opioid-induced respiratory depression. Psychostimulants (eg, methylphenidate) to treat opioid-induced sedation are recommended only when other methods have been tried first and failed.

The use of naloxone in association with oxycodone or methylnaltrexone to control OIC may be considered. While naloxegol has been shown to be highly effective in OIC, there are no data specific to persons with cancer.

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