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Older patients are at smaller risk of opioid tolerance than younger patients

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7502.1230-d (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1230
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Narcotics can safely and effectively ease chronic severe pain in patients aged 60 or over with little risk of their wanting ever increasing doses, a study has found. But it found that patients younger than 50 are likely to want to rapidly increase their doses, risking addiction.

    The study, by researchers from the University of California at San Francisco, looked at the medical records of 206 patients who had been treated for two years for severe …

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