Prescribing Principles

Opiate prescribing principles in the acute setting are based on a variety of factors; however, it is imperative to understand that no standard therapy exists. Opioid doses should be

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titrated to a response. Some patients may require considerably more than the average dose of a drug to experience part or complete relief from pain; while others may require a dose at more frequent intervals. Treatment often depends on the patient population, is multifac-torial, and can be heavily influenced by prior experience with opiates and other adjuvant agents.

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