04 Jul Are opioids useful in the treatment of chronic pain?
In short, no! There has been fairly conclusive reviews and evidence recently, that has documented the problems with using opioids in long term pain. There is no robust evidence for using opioids in the management of chronic pain.
I would strongly urge clinicians to reconsider the use of opioids for long term pain. I would support patients in coming down off these drugs in a controlled and phased manner.
Next time – What is nerve pain and how do we treat it?