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Choice of opioids and the WHO ladder 

Choice of opioids and the WHO ladder
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Choice of opioids and the WHO ladder
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Paul Glare

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10.1093/med/9780199236640.003.0018
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date: 20 November 2019

Chapter 18 discusses the choice of strong opioids and the WHO ladder, and that prescribing opioids is currently based on clinical considerations such as the severity of pain, the drug’s half-life and other pharmacokinetic parameters, available formulations, response (efficacy and toxicity) to previous opioids, comorbidities, and cost.

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