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A 22-year-old male asked:

please explain the risk for brain damage for a 22year old male with chronic pain that regularly takes 20mg oxycontin and 50mg oxycodone every day.

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Indication : If prescribed to a sensible patient by a conscious physician for a well defined refractory medical indication, then that risk is minimized. This medication invariably leads to severe physical dependance by causing neuroimaging verified changes in neurocircuitry pathway of the brain, thereby causing addiction, a chronic condition viewed by many experts as a form of brain damage.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Virtually no reason : Virtually no reason for this treatment! the cause for the chronic pain should have been found and treated. 22 y/o? A shame! you should have specified a diagnosis. Many on this regimen have sought this regimen! and yes, there are both acute and chronic brain effects!
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Agree 100% with your post. This is a medical tragedy.
Jul 8, 2013

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