Show Summary Details
Page of

Benefits and adverse effects of opioids 

Benefits and adverse effects of opioids
Benefits and adverse effects of opioids

Cathy Stannard

, Michael Coupe

, and Anthony Pickering

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 June 2021

Opioids may help some people with long-term pain and may also have a beneficial effect on sleep and mood. There is weak evidence only that opioid use can improve physical function. Psychomotor function may not be degraded by chronic opioid treatment. The law on driving whilst taking prescribed opioids varies between countries. Opioids are associated with a wide range of adverse effects that need to be weighed against any benefits to judge the overall effectiveness of treatment.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.