Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

As Needed Dosage Regimen

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_292


A method of dose titration where the dose of drug is fixed and the interval between administered doses is determined by the response of the patient.

In analgesic therapy using “as needed” regimen, the dose of an opioid is not repeated until the patient reports the return of some intensity of pain.

 Opioid Rotation

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