Commonly Observed Side Effects in Long Term Pain Treatment with Opioids

According to a recent inquiry, treatment of tumor pain with opioids in patients is accompanied by a high degree of ignorance. This may be one of the reasons for an insufficient handling of the tumor patient. Thus, among other things, 51% of all general practitioners assumed tolerance to be a major obstacle in opioid therapy, 29% did not think that adjuvant use of co-analgesics to be justified, 27% considered it necessary to give opioids only parenterally and up to 29% believed the development of dependency a potential risk factor in long-term opioid therapy [56].

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