Opioid Tapering and Discontinuation: 10 Questions

January 30, 2020

Safe and effective opioid tapering requires careful patient selection and a multimodal approach. Try our 10 questions on current HHS recommendations.

As concerns continue about the over-prescription of opioids, especially for the management of chronic pain, physicians who are worried that these medications may no longer be indicated for certain of their patients are faced with the challenge of whether and how best to terminate their use.A new guideline issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and a recently published study provide guidance on this issue.Before you read both in full, however, try these 10 questions  find out what you may already know about recommendations on tapering and discontinuation of opioids used long-term to manage chronic pain. Safe and effective opioid tapering requires careful patient selection and a multimodal approach. Try these 10 questions on current HHS recommendations.