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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?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management 26 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
Orofacial Pain 12 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.
Last updated Dec 8, 2014

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