Take Steps to Ensure Opioid Tapers Go Safely and Smoothly

You'll hear debate about when and how to taper chronic opioids (fentanyl, oxycodone, etc).

Opioid doses usually need to be lowered slowly over time to prevent withdrawal symptoms...such as anxiety, diarrhea, and tremors.

Now CDC experts say that some opioid restrictions, such as from payers or states, are leading to unintended consequences...such as suddenly stopping high opioid doses or forcing tapers.

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