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A 35-year-old male asked:

My doctor doesn't want me on ms contin (morphine) as he feels i may become tolerant or addicted. my doctor is excellent, just wanted second opinion. any thought?

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: Developing tolerance to an opiate is inevitable.It's a normal physiological event.This is NOT addiction which is a craving for more meds beyond what is reasonable for pain control leading to deceptive/destructive behavior.Truth is, more people appear to have 'addictive behavior' when insufficient opiates are used;then they request more which scares the dr.Oxycontin is a good med when used right.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Agree w/ your doctor: As opposed to many other medications used in pain, opioids do not cause organ damage with long-term use. But because of concerns about tolerance, physical dependence and addiction, many health professionals are still reluctant to prescribe opioids for chronic pain.

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