After reading this monograph, pharmacists should be able to:
- Describe how to assess patients for the appropriateness of treatment with opioid analgesics.
- Explain how to start opiate therapy, change dosages, and discontinue treatment with opioid analgesics.
- Recognize the types of written agreements that can be used to initiate and monitor therapy with opioid analgesics.
- Describe how to monitor patients on opiate therapy, including high risk patients and those showing signs of abuse.
- Explain the side effects associated with opiate treatment, including management of side effects.
- Discuss switching between opiates and variables that may influence opioid rotation.
- Describe the important points that must be conveyed to the patient during patient consultation.
- Explain general and product-specific information related to the prescribing of extended-release/long-acting opiates.