Chronic pain affects approximately one-third of U.S. adults or as many as 100 million adults and between five and 10 percent receive opioid treatment. While opioid analgesics may be an effective treatment, the side effects can also seriously impact the quality of life of patients. Although a variety of gastro-intestinal complaints – including nausea, vomiting, and gastric reflux – may occur, opioid induced constipation is the most common, debilitating side effect of opioid therapy. As many as 40% of patients report significant problems with constipation that can lead to reduced quality of life and ultimately discontinuation of treatment to avoid opioid induced constipation (OIC). Healthcare professionals and pharmacists in particular should take a pro-active approach to preventing and treating OIC. As the bridge between patients and physicians, pharmacists are in the position to play an integral part of a multi-pronged solution to the challenges of OIC.
Expiration Date: 01-28-2018
This course is approved for 1.0 contact hour(s).
This free CE activity for Pharmacy Technicians is provided by FreeCE.com and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) with the Universal Activity Number of 0798-0000-14-189-H01-T .
Before You Begin
- Register for the CPE Monitor through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
- Register for an account at FreeCE.com.
- Review the handout PDF
- Take and pass the Post-Test/Evaluation. A score of at least 70% is required to receive CE credit
- Once completed, freeCE.com will upload your CE credit to CPE monitor