Tapering – Provider Resources
Information for providers on when and how to approach tapering with their patients.
When to Address Tapering with Your Patient
- Find information on reasons to taper, recommendations for tapering, along with the physical signs and symptoms and treatment options associated with each stage of withdrawal.
- Designed to assist Primary Care providers in determining if an opioid taper is necessary for a specific patient, in performing the taper, and in providing follow-up and support during the taper.
- This guide provides advice to clinicians who are considering or implementing a reduction in opioid dosage or discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy, including information on: the risks of an opioid taper, steps to take prior to initiating a taper, an opioid tapering flowchart, and more.
- This article in the Canadian Pharmacists Journal provides practical evidence to inform individualized opioid-tapering regimens