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When dosed appropriately in carefully selected patients, opioids can be a safe and effective option for managing chronic pain. There are many important issues surrounding patient selection and drug interactions when using opioids. Based on individual patient factors as well as health system factors, such as insurance coverage, it may be necessary to switch patients among opioids. Great care must be taken when performing opioid conversions to maintain safety and efficacy, particularly when switching to medications with complex pharmacokinetics, such as methadone. This session will provide practical guidance for calculating morphine equivalents and converting among opioids when needed to meet patients’ pain management needs. Pre-registration is required; click here to register.
At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to: