Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V01170059
Strategies to avoid the risk of addiction when treating patients with chronic pains
Addiction is a feared complication of long-term opioid treatment in patients with chronic pains. Strategies to decrease the risk of addiction include estimating of risk factors, establishing treatment goals realistic for pain and function, considering how to discontinue therapy if treatment goals are not achieved, avoiding administration forms with rapid absorption, using validated screening instruments and avoiding high opioid doses. If signs of addiction do occur, precautions to hinder overuse of opioid should be taken.