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Prescribing Guidelines – Patient and Family Resources

Patient-friendly resources on opioid prescribing guidelines and what to ask your doctor before taking opioids for pain relief. 

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

  • Link to the CDC website to access the guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients > 18 years of age in primary care settings.

Summary of CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain (one-page handout)

  • Use this handout as a reference when determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain, opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up and discontinuation.

What to Ask Your Provider Before Taking Opioids

 

FDA: What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids: A Checklist

  • Opioid medications can have very serious side effects. Please use this checklist as a guide when asking your health care provider questions BEFORE Taking opioids.

For more information on prescribing guidelines, tailored toward providers: