NICE Bites – Opioids in adult palliative care

· North West Medicines Information Centre

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NICE Bites is a monthly bulletin which summarises key prescribing points from NICE guidance. NICE Bites June 2012; No 42a includes one topic; Opioids in adult palliative care; NICE CG140. Sections covered include; pharmacological treatment (buprenorphine, diamorphine, fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone), initial dose titration, maintenance treatment, monitoring, management of breakthrough pain, prescribing advice, counselling, and management of adverse effects.