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Safety in Lactation: Opioid dependence

27 October 2020An assessment of the risks associated with breastfeeding by an opioid-dependent mother, in terms of sustaining successful breastfeeding and possible exposure of the infant to…

Safety in Lactation: Opioid analgesics

21 October 2020The evidence relating to the safe use of opioid analgesics in breastfeeding mothers is very variable between individual drugs. This group of drugs presents a…

RMOC Buprenorphine Long-acting Injection Guidance: Consultation running until 20/11/2020

16 October 2020Draft guidance has been produced on Buprenorphine long-acting injection: considerations for opioid substitution treatment use in community settings and secure environments in England, on behalf…

What naloxone doses should be used in adults to urgently reverse the effects of opioids?

19 December 2019The opioid antagonist, naloxone, is a highly effective antidote the use of which is potentially life-saving. The drug has a role in a wide range…

How can you minimise the risks of medication errors with buprenorphine patches?

15 April 2019Transdermal buprenorphine patches are widely prescribed and available from a variety of manufacturers. A number of patient safety incidents have occurred in the use of…

Review of high dose opioids in chronic non-malignant pain

12 April 2019The Faculty of Pain Medicine (Royal College of Anaesthetists) states that the morphine dose for which harms outweigh benefits is 120mg oral morphine or equivalent/24…

What are the equivalent doses of oral morphine to other oral opioids when used as analgesics in adult palliative care?

1 August 2018Morphine is generally the strong opioid of choice for treating moderate to severe cancer pain and a common question is how to convert a dose…