More on the CDC Opiate 2016 Guidelines: Calculated Dosing Recommendations, by Opiate Type

Here is a table. Note the fentanyl doses are micrograms total in a day-- the rest are milligrams total in a a day.

Type of Opioid
MME Conversion Factor
CDC max starting daily mg
CDC maximum daily mg
Buprenorphine patch
12.6

4

7

Buprenorphine tab or film
10

5

9

Butorphanol
7

7

13

Codeine
0.15

330

600

Dihydrocodeine
0.25

200

360

Fentanyl sublingual (mcg)
0.13

380

690

Fentanyl film or oral spray (mcg)
0.18

280

500

Fentanyl nasal spray (mcg)
0.16

310

560

Fentanyl patch (mcg)
7.2

7

12.5

Hydrocodone
1

50

90

Hydromorphone
4

13

23

Levorphanol tartrate
11

4.6

8.2

Meperidine hydrochloride
0.1

500

900

Methadone
3

17

30

Morphine
1

50

90

Nalbuphine
1

50

90

Opium
1

50

90

Oxycodone
1.5

33

60

Oxymorphone
3

17

30

Pentazocine
0.37

135

243

Tapentadol
0.4

125

225

Tramadol
0.1

500

900

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