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A 39-year-old member asked:

is it true that having an oxycodone prescription for breakthrough pain just makes people take more pain medication?

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Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management 25 years experience
Oxycodone: Yes and no. Oxycodone is a frequently prescribed immediate release narcotic given to people who are on chronic opioid therapy with a sustained release narcotic taken orally or by patch. The key is frequent follow-up with your pain physician to get to a regimen of sustained release narcotic where you require the minimum amount of oxycodone/breakthrough meds for emergency only.
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management 11 years experience
Depends: Opioids such as oxycodone are very effective agents for pain relief in acute situations, but on a long term basis they are associated with poor outcomes and with increasing use of pain medications.

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Last updated Dec 8, 2014

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