Buprenorphine—an atypical opioid: All you need to know
Rees, SM (2017). Buprenorphine—an atypical opioid: All you need to know. Nurse Prescribing. 15 (8), pp. 402-408.
The profile of buprenorphine is described, with a focus on its unique properties and clinical niche. The pharmacological principles determining the action, side effects and best practice are explained, including those for special populations, namely children, the elderly and in pregnancy. Advice for safe use for chronic pain, as well as for opioid substitution therapy is provided. Counselling strategies to support concordance and safety are given.
|Keywords||Buprenorphine; opioid pharmacology; opioid dependence; chronic pain management|
|Journal citation||15 (8), pp. 402-408|
|Publisher||Mark Allen Healthcare|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.12968/npre.2017.15.8.402|
|09 Aug 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||13 Feb 2018|
|Accepted||25 Jul 2017|
|Accepted author manuscript|
CC BY 4.0
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