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Benefits and adverse effects of opioids 

Benefits and adverse effects of opioids
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Benefits and adverse effects of opioids
Author(s):

Cathy Stannard

, Michael Coupe

, and Anthony Pickering

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199678075.003.0007
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date: 18 August 2019

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.

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