Module 2: Basic Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs and Substances
Opioids – Contraindications/precautions
Extra care must be taken in using opioids with special populations such as children, pregnant women and the elderly because of the potential for altered physiological effects.
Patients with a previous history of substance-use disorders also require special consideration. It is prudent to consult with a prescriber experienced in pain management and addiction management when dealing with such patients (Jensen & Rieger, 2014; NOUGG, 2017).
- National Opioid Use Guideline Group (NOUGG). (2017). Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain.
- Jensen, B., & Regier, L. (2014). Rx files: Drug comparison charts (10th ed.). Saskatoon, SK: Author.