New MIMS palliative care resource

A quick-reference summary of NICE clinical guidance on the prescribing of strong opioids in palliative care of adults (CG140) is now available on the MIMS website.

Naturally occurring opioid analgesics, including morphine, are derived from the opium poppy  | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Naturally occurring opioid analgesics, including morphine, are derived from the opium poppy | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

The summary has been prepared by the MIMS editorial team as a helpful resource for healthcare professionals. It includes:

  • Guidance on dose titration;
  • Alternative maintenance treatments to consider when oral opioids are unsuitable;
  • Treatment options for breakthrough pain;
  • Advice on the management of side-effects, including constipation, nausea and drowsiness.

MIMS also provides a quick-reference summary of the WHO pain ladder for cancer pain relief and a table of co-analgesics for use in cancer pain.

View summary

Full guideline available at http://www.nice.org.uk/CG140

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