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Handbook of Opioid Bowel Syndrome
     

Handbook of Opioid Bowel Syndrome

by Taylor and Francis, Keri Fakata (Editor), Chun-Su Yuan (Editor), Eric Bieber (Editor), Thomas Boyd (Editor)
 

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How can medical professionals take advantage of the valuable effects of opiates while minimizing their most common side effect—opioid bowel syndrome?

This groundbreaking book will help physicians in their day-to-day practice and help researchers and educators prepare the next generation of clinicians to make more efficient use of opioids. The Handbook of

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How can medical professionals take advantage of the valuable effects of opiates while minimizing their most common side effect—opioid bowel syndrome?

This groundbreaking book will help physicians in their day-to-day practice and help researchers and educators prepare the next generation of clinicians to make more efficient use of opioids. The Handbook of Opioid Bowel Syndrome presents complete, authoritative, current information on the mechanisms of action of opioids and the management of opioid bowel dysfunction-the number one reason physicians avoid prescribing opioids. Most chapters include charts, tables, and/or illustrations that make complex information about this vexing problem easy to access and understand. All are well-referenced for further study.

From the editor: "Opioid compounds, which are widely administered for a variety of medical indications, are associated with a number of side effects, especially opioid bowel dysfunction (OBD). Very often, OBD is so severe that physicians limit opioid use or dose, even when medically indicated. Although OBD is a significant clinical problem, it has received insufficient attention in the past within the medical community. This book presents complete, authoritative information on recent progress in understanding the mechanisms of action of opioids in relation to OBD and its management."

In 11 well-referenced chapters, the Handbook of Opioid Bowel Syndrome addresses:

  • gastrointestinal opioid physiology and pharmacology
  • the pathophysiology of opioid-induced bowel dysfunction
  • the epidemiology of OBD
  • OBD in palliative care
  • OBD in acute and chronic nonmalignant pain
  • post-operative OBD
  • post-surgical bowel dysfunction in the gynecological patient
  • new peripheral opioid antagonists currently under clinical development
Packed with information about opioids that was previously unavailable or difficult to find, the Handbook of Opioid Bowel Syndrome is an essential addition to the library of any clinician, researcher, or educator who needs current, essential knowledge about the best ways to utilize these quality-of-life enhancing medications.

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Reviewer: Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This handbook provides an excellent review of the syndrome of opioid bowel dysfunction (OBD). To the best of my knowledge, this is the first handbook that comprehensively addresses this syndrome.
Purpose: In the preface, the editor-in-chief states that OBD is so severe that physicians sometimes limit opioid use, even when medically indicated, and that the book is written specifically to provide a reference for practitioners to enable them to rectify this situation.
Audience: All physicians who provide care to patients requiring opioids will benefit enormously from this handbook. The editor has created a unique resource that manages to merge the science with the clinical care while providing a format that is easily readable. Dr. Yuan is an internationally renowned expert in this area and has assembled an outstanding group of 15 international physicians, scientists, and physician-scientists to serve as the principal authors of this handbook.
Features: The book is clearly written and organized into three sections: fundamentals of opioid bowel dysfunction, clinical situations in which this syndrome occurs, and cutting edge present and "futuristic" approaches to the problem. Abundant references enable the reader to fully use primary sources.
Assessment: This handbook will be an invaluable reference for physicians who regularly prescribe opioids for pain management. Although much attention has been paid to some of the side effects of opioid use (respiratory depression, addiction potential, etc.), this book will be an invaluable reference for clinicians who provide care for cancer patients and others requiring chronic high dose opioid therapy.
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789021281
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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