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Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient for opiate withdrawal using the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) of Wesson and Ling.

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

severity, prognosis, stage, selection, failure handling and therapy escalation, response to therapy, compliance/adherence, disease progression

ICD-10:

F11

Description:

Wesson and Ling reported the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) for patients undergoing opiate withdrawal. The authors are from CNS Medications Development in Oakland and the University of California Los Angeles.

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