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American Society for Action on Pain

UI - 000017

AU - Zenz M

AU - Strumpf M

AU - Tryba M

TI - Long-term oral opioid therapy in patients with chronic nonmalignant pain

AB - IN: Universitatsklinik Bergmannsheil, Klinik fur Anaesthesiologie, Intensiv und Schmerztherapie,

Bochum, Germany LA: English AB: Chronically administered dihydrocodeine, buprenorphine, or morphine

to 100 patients (aged 29-81 yrs) with nonmalignant pain. Ss were administered the Visual Analogue Scale

(VAS), a performance status scale. Good pain relief was obtained in 51 Ss, and partial pain relief was

reported by 28 Ss. There was a close correlation between the sum and the peak VAS values, and pain

reduction was associated with an increase in performance. The most common side effects were constipation

and nausea. The case report of a 35-yr-old male is presented. Opioids can be effective in chronic

nonmalignant pain, with side effects that are comparable to those that complicate the treatment of cancer

pain. (PsycLIT Database Copyright 1992 American Psychological Assn, all rights reserved) KP: long term

dihydrocodeine or buprenorphine or morphine; pain relief & side effects; 29-81 yr olds with chronic

nonmalignant pain AN: 79-32549

SO - Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 1992;7:69-7