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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000441788.62785.29
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Labeling Changes Promoting Safe Use of Long-Acting Opioids

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

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Abstract

* The labeling of extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics has been revised to warn practitioners that the drugs have been associated with misuse, abuse, life-threatening respiratory depression, accidental exposure, neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, and (with some drugs) serious drug interactions with alcohol.

* The labeling will also state that long-acting opioids should only be used if other pain relief methods aren't effective.

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