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Doctor insights on: Any Non Narcotic Pain Meds Addictive

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What are the best non narcotic meds for chronic pain?

What are the best non narcotic meds for chronic pain?

NSAIDs : Help with inflammation and are good for pain. Several antidepressants help with chronic pain as well. Nerve pain has different treatment options. Talk to your doctor to see which treatment is best for you. Several non narcotic options are out there ...Read more

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How early can I get my non narcotic meds refilled?

How early can I get my non narcotic meds refilled?

Huh?: You should ask your doctor what he/she recommends regarding getting early refills. ...Read more

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Should narcotic pain Meds be given for this condition?

Should narcotic pain Meds be given for this condition?

Which condition?: You do not name the condition. Please re-ask. ...Read more

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Is there anything as strong as narcotic pain meds but not officially a narcotic?

Is there anything as strong as narcotic pain meds but not officially a narcotic?

Toradol: Clinical studies have shown ketorolac (toradol) to have equal efficacy to narcotics. Some studies have also shown the combination of tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen to be equivalent as well. ...Read more

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Why is it that narcotic pain meds make me itchy?

Why is it that narcotic pain meds make me itchy?

Pruritus: Pruritus is a possible side effect of opiates. This is because the opiate attaches to an isoform opioid receptor. This activated receptor causes itching. ...Read more

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What are ways to reduce withdrawl symptoms of narcotic pain meds?

What are ways to reduce withdrawl symptoms of narcotic pain meds?

Do not stop cold: Withdrawl symptoms can be minimized by a slow gradual taper of the dose of the medication rather than stopping "cold turkey". ...Read more

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How can I determine if I am suffering from pain meds addiction or just impulse pain pill abuse?

How can I determine if I am suffering from pain meds addiction or just impulse pain pill abuse?

Ask yourself...: Is my pain med use causing problems in my work, school, physical, finances or relationships ? Have i been taking meds exactly as prescribed ? Am i needing increasing amounts of the meds to stem withdrawal symptoms ? Have i used meds for any other purpose besides pain relief ? "just impulse pain pill abuse" can kill you. Seek help. Treatment works. ...Read more

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Is tramadol addictive? I get extremely aggitated the day after i take it. Taking more alleviates the symptoms. None of my other pain meds do this.

Is tramadol addictive?  I get extremely aggitated the day after i take it.  Taking more alleviates the symptoms.  None of my other pain meds do this.

Other side effects: Tramadol can be addictive. The other side effect with tramadol is that it lowers your seizure threshold. This drug may not be the right one for you as it may be causing agitation which could lead to seizures. Please consult with your pcp. ...Read more

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On sick leave, narcotic pain meds, taking more than prescribed to get effect of no pain, scared to tell doc feel like I am addicted without them.am I?

Take as advised: Narcotic pain meds are NOT "pixie dust"--they are not intended to get you to "no pain," just a tolerable level so you can function--you have something wrong (trauma / surgery / etc.), or you would not be prescribed them. Talk to your Dr about combination therapy--often can add other non-narcotic meds to optimize relief and have less risk of dependence/addiction. Talk to your Dr about this. ...Read more

Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more