Practical Reviews

Legacy Patients, Those Without Resources Need Our Help

As a result of previous opioid-prescribing patterns in our practices, legacy patients remain who were put on stable, high-dose opioids that improved their ability to function. When we try to cut the dose in accordance with current guidelines, their pain levels increase greatly and some experience withdrawal. These patients have been watching the news and they come to the clinic worried about their situation. Because the pendulum has swung toward reduced use of opioids, legacy patie more...
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