Rapid Rx Quiz: Opioids

Mary L. Windle, PharmD


July 08, 2022

According to guidelines on the interventional management of cancer-associated pain by the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience, opioids are indicated for management of chronic pain caused by moderate to severe cancer.

Guidance from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends four classes of oral medications for patients with painful diabetic neuropathy, none of which are opioids; the AAN explicitly does not recommend opioids owing to lack of efficacy and risk. Recently updated guidelines from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons made a notable change, weighing in against the use of opioids for nonoperative treatment of knee osteoarthritis, including tramadol, which was previously supported. Current guidelines do not recommend opioid treatment for fibromyalgia pain.

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