Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Stevensville, Maryland
This fast-paced session will review the principles behind opioid conversion calculations, including routes of administration and switching between dosage formulations and opioids. Doing the calculations by hand and interpreting the results in a patient-centric fashion is highly preferable to an online opioid conversion calculator, which frequently yields widely disparate dosing. As a bonus, we will be discussing how to rotate to methadone and dosing guidance for using methadone in an adjunctive role.
Describe the rationale for rotating patients from one opioid to another when treating chronic pain
Identify recent research on retrospective opioid conversions and it’s impact on use of an equianalgesic opioid resource
Given a simulated patient, calculate a new opioid regimen using the same opioid but with a different dosage formulation or route of administration
Given a simulated patient, calculate a new opioid regimen that reflects switching between opioids, dosage formulations and/or routes of administration