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GeriPal - A Geriatrics and Palliative Care Podcast

May 19, 2022

A patient is on morphine and you want to convert it to another opioid like hydromorphone (dilaudid).   How do you do that?  Do you do what I do, pull out a handy-dandy opioid equianalgesic table to give you a guide on how much to convert to? 

Well on today’s podcast we invited Drew Rosielle on our podcast who published this Pallimed post about why opioid equianalgesic tables are broken and why we shouldn't use them, as well as what we need to move to instead.

But wait, before you throw out that equianalgesic table, we also invited Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD extraordinaire who published this amazing book, Demystifying Opioid Conversions, 2nd Ed., which advocates for an updated, wait for it… equianalgesic table! 

Oh boy, what should we do?  Should we throw out the equianalgesic table like some are advocating we do with advance directives (see here), or should we just modernize it for the times with updated data?   Listen to this spicy podcast with these wonderful guests to make up your own minds (I’m sticking with the equianalgesic table for now).

If you want to take a deeper dive into some of the references, here you go: