Online Opioid-induced Constipation Resources

August 19, 2009

Oncologists who do not have the time to search the Internet for opioid-induced constipation CME or want to read an abstract on the topic will find helpful resources in this Web exclusive.

Oncologists who do not have the time to search the Internet for opioid-induced constipation CME or want to read an abstract on the topic will find helpful resources in this Web exclusive.

CME

Opioid Induced Constipation: Banishing a Barrier to Successful Pain Management

Credits: 1.00

Fee: None

Expires: July 1, 2010

Multimedia: Not Listed

Designed by the American Academy of Pain Management, this activity is meant to help physicians who prescribe opioids for pain management better understand “one of the most common side effects of opioid therapy.” The program will enable physicians to communicate more effectively with patients about opioid therapy, the side effect of opioid-induced constipation, and how to treat the condition. In addition, the program discusses methods for personalizing treatment options and maintaining “patient dignity, quality of life and pain control.”

eAbstract

Opioid-induced Bowel Dysfunction in Cancer-related Pain: Causes, Consequences, and a Novel Approach for Its Management

Journal: Opioid Management (May-June 2009)

Authors: Holzer P, Ahmedzai SH, Niederle N, et al.

Purpose: To explore the causes of opioid-induced constipation and examine new treatment strategies.

Results: “In recent studies, the novel combination of prolonged-release oral oxycodone and prolonged-release oral naloxone provided effective analgesia with improved bowel function in patients suffering from severe cancer-related and noncancer-related pain,” and “the combination has the potential to improve the quality of pain management significantly in these patients.”

Original source: http://pnpcsw.pnpco.com/cadmus/testvol.asp?journal=jom&year=2009