Prevention and Treatment of Opioid and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

  • Category:

    Pain Education, Pain Treatment - Pharmacologic, Withdrawal Assessment.

  • Age Range:

    Age 0-12m (Infant), Age 01y-11y (Child).

  • Tags:

    Benzodiazepine, Opioid, Weaning.

  • Type of Document:

    Medication Guideline, Treatment Guideline.

  • Type of Pain:

    All types of pain.

  • Author:

    Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Ontario, CA

The purpose of this guideline is to ensure that patients who are at risk of developing withdrawal
symptoms can be weaned off opioids and benzodiazepines in a timely fashion. It is appropriate that
when discontinuing opioids and benzodiazepines, practitioners are cognizant of the potential as well as
the clinical effects of withdrawal.