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Benefits and adverse effects of opioids

Cathy Stannard, Michael Coupe and Anthony Pickering

in Opioids in Non-Cancer Pain

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199678075
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191757464 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199678075.003.0007

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Benefits and adverse effects of opioids

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Opioids may help some people with long-term pain and may also have a beneficial effect on sleep and mood. There is weak evidence only that opioid use can improve physical function. Psychomotor function may not be degraded by chronic opioid treatment. The law on driving whilst taking prescribed opioids varies between countries. Opioids are associated with a wide range of adverse effects that need to be weighed against any benefits to judge the overall effectiveness of treatment.

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Subjects: Clinical Oncology ; Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics ; Pain Medicine

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