Weaning from Long-term Opioid Therapy

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Opioid use for chronic noncancer pain poses a challenge to the gynecologist, and weaning opioids is often a goal for clinicians and patients. In some cases, opioid cessation can be achieved by weaning a patient's prescribed opioid or with symptomatic management with long-acting opioids or alpha2-adrenergic medications. This review imparts a basic understanding of the physiology of opioid withdrawal, strategies for achieving opioid abstinence, medications for treating the symptoms of withdrawal, and alternatives to opioid taper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • opiates
  • opioid replacement therapy
  • opioid substitution treatments
  • opioid weaning
  • opioids
  • pain management
  • withdrawal symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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