Slow Release Opiods and Acute Pain

ANZCA release a position paper:

Slow-release opioids are not recommended for use in the management of patients with acute pain.
The inappropriate use of slow-release opioids for the treatment of acute pain has been associated with a significant risk of respiratory depression, resulting in severe adverse events and deaths. Immediate release opiods are the choice in acute pain, barring individual cases of prolonged pain and then  only after careful consideration and monitoring.


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