Acute Pain in Patients on Maintenance for Opioid Addiction

Patients in recovery from opioid use disorder or addiction present a conundrum when needing management of acute, severe pain.

Not only is there a fear of addiction relapse among the patients and clinicians, but routine analgesic regimens also may not be sufficient to properly manage pain, especially in those receiving buprenorphine (or buprenorphine/naloxone combination), methadone, or naltrexone. More*.

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