Communication plays an important role in avoiding unintentional misuse

Lack of communication and miscommunication may leave patients unsure of how to take their medication properly

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Communication plays an important role in avoiding unintentional misuse

Lack of communication and miscommunication may leave patients unsure of how to take their medication properly

According to a survey of patients currently taking an opioid medication for chronic pain, communication between physicians and patients about administration issues is limited or nonexistent1

81%of patients reported that they never discussed options with their physician about how to make it easier to swallow pills1

Patients also reported that their physician rarely discussed swallowing difficulties or medication preferences

10%of patients reported that they sometimes or always cut/crushed/ground their analgesic medication1

85% of these patients stated that they cut their medication to make it easier to swallow

39%of patients reported thinking that their physician was aware of their swallowing difficulty and that they were advised to cut, crush, or grind their opioid medication1

Address unintentional misuse by talking to patients and caregivers about medication preferences.

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As you know, opioids are not appropriate for all patients. But for those who are ideal candidates, education and practice of safe and proper use is essential for treatment success.

References:

1. Pergolizzi JV Jr, Taylor R Jr, Nalamachu S, et al. Challenges of treating patients with chronic pain with dysphagia (CPD): physician and patient perspectives. Curr Med Res Opin. 2014;30(2):191-202.

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