Clarify How to Treat Acute Pain in Patients on Buprenorphine/Naloxone
You'll be asked how to treat acute pain in patients taking buprenorphine/naloxone combos (Suboxone) for opioid use disorder.
Reassure patients that opioids usually aren't needed for pain after a minor outpatient surgery, injury, dental procedure, etc.
Continue to emphasize NON-opioids...acetaminophen, NSAIDs, topicals, etc. And recommend combining meds...such as ibuprofen 200 to 400 mg WITH acetaminophen 500 to 1,000 mg every 6 hours or PRN.