FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT... The use of opioids for dyspnea in advanced disease

Gallagher, Romayne
July 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/12/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 10, p1170
Academic Journal
The article offers information about the use of opioids in treating dyspnea in advanced disease. It states that opioids are highly used for treating dyspnea refractory to disease-specific therapy in advanced disease. It notes that opiods with active metabolites can accumulate in frail older patients which can cause drowsiness, confusion, and delirium.


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