The shift away from opioid use in medication management for chronic pain has changed the dynamic of opioid prescribing in many ways. Now, more than ever, prescribers are under the microscope regarding selection of opioids and doses as well as clinical documentation and appropriate action based on findings during the patient visit. Risks of opioids outweighing the benefits due to lack of effect, adverse effects, or aberrant behavior are just some of the possible justifications when considering opioid tapering. There are other instances when there is outright dangerous or illegal behavior that justifies discontinuation of opioids. Drs. Brooks and Kominek discuss when to taper or discontinue opioids and how to implement the change in opioid therapy.
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