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Postgrad Med. 1999 Nov;106(6):115-6, 119-24.

Opioids for chronic nonmalignant pain. Choosing suitable candidates for long-term therapy.

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Fairview Pain Management Center, Fairview-University Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA. mbelgra1@fairview.org

Abstract

Opioid maintenance analgesia for chronic nonmalignant pain can be successful in selected cases, but it is not a panacea for all pain, and management of patients using opioids can be an arduous process. A consistent and principle-based approach is recommended. Passion and chauvinism exist on both sides of the controversy and should be discouraged.

PMID:
10576006
DOI:
10.3810/pgm.1999.11.769
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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