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Can smoking weed substitute for prescription pain meds after minor surgery?

Can smoking weed substitute for prescription pain meds after minor surgery?

Perhaps: Thc is a known pain reliever. However why would you want to use this. Onset and offset of clinical effect is hard to predict, ability to think clearly is impaired. It is less effective than approved pain meds. And, if you are already a steady marijuana user, you will have less benefit. ...Read more

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Minor Surgery (Definition)

Usually means small procedures done under local anesthetic in an office or outpatient surgical center. Could be to cut out a growth to get a biopsy. Some may consider minor surgery to be like pulling a tooth or having the tubes tied for sterilization. Usually a procedure that is less risky and less likely to ...Read more


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I'm on pain medication after some oral surgery anything besides ice i can do for the swelling?

I'm on pain medication after some oral surgery anything besides ice i can do for the swelling?

Ibuprofen 800mg: Every 6 hours (unless you have a contraindication), sleep slightly elevated, switch over to moist heat application after 48 hours. Sometimes steroids are given intra-operatively and even post-operatively if significant swelling is anticipated. Normal body response to surgery. Also just has to "run its course". ...Read more

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Will taking mdma (ecstasy) 5 days before a breast reduction surgery cause any issues?

Will taking mdma (ecstasy) 5 days before a breast reduction surgery cause any issues?

Why do it?: This is a drug that may be popular on the street but it's purity and both short/long term side effects are not completely understood. At the very least I would be concerned about the potential effects on your heart rhythm while undergoing General anesthesia. Even for herbal supplements, we advise cessation a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery. ...Read more

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Any dr.'s in my area that use methadone in tx of chronic pain.My options for prescription limited by gastric bypass & min. Help by oct/ other narcotic rx?

Any dr.'s in my area that use methadone in tx of chronic pain.My options for prescription limited by gastric bypass & min. Help by oct/ other narcotic rx?

Fentanyl: Fentanyl patches are an option. They diffused an opioid directly through your skin. Not affected by gastric bypass. In general, i frown on Methadone for chronic pain. It is approved to get people off of opioids, and not as a drug for "chronic pain", but i realize it is used "off label" for this. The labeling is for "restricted to authorized opioid addiction detox/maintenance tx facilities. ...Read more

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Is there a non narcotic pain med i can use after a surgery? I get severe headaches on anything. Oxi, perc, codeine i'd rather have the pain from surgery

Is there a non narcotic pain med i can use after a surgery? I get severe headaches on anything. Oxi, perc, codeine i'd rather have the pain from surgery

Yes: No steroidal anti inflammatory agents such as toradol can be used. Intravenous Acetaminophen is also an option. Either of these types of drugs can be given either intravenously or orally. Talk to your doctor about your concerns so they can prescribe the best option for you. ...Read more

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After a 6 artery bypass; which pain killers is best to use? Stillpain or tramazac? For how long after the operation can you still use painkillers.

Limited pain: A week after coronary bypass most adults have much less pain. Narcotics are usually only needed at night and maybe during rehab. The pain score of 4 or less should be most of the time. Of pain is constant or a clicking noise with coughing, then re check with doctor. Most patients will be much much better at 30 days. ...Read more

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How will an anti-inflammatory drug regimen affect my lasik surgery outcome? I am suffering from systemic lupus and take steroid anti-inflammatory drugs daily for a few years. These have noticeable side effects for me and wonder how my medication regimen w

How will an anti-inflammatory drug regimen affect my lasik surgery outcome? I am suffering from systemic lupus and take steroid anti-inflammatory drugs daily for a few years. These have noticeable side effects for me and wonder how my medication regimen w

It : It is unlikely the anti-inflammatory will have an impact. However, having lupus might influence your recovery rate, you may need more time for healing than a person without lupus. Usually, we recommend that patient not be in an acute inflammatory state with their lupus, symptoms are minimal at the time of lasik surgery. Be sure you lasik surgeon knows you have lupus, also discuss your upcoming lasik surgery with the provider monitoring your lupus. ...Read more

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On a beta blocker & allergic to morphine, nsaids. considering all this, are there any OTC meds I can safely use for a bad cough and/or congestion?

On a beta blocker & allergic to morphine, nsaids. considering all this, are there any OTC meds I can safely use for a bad cough and/or congestion?

OTC for cough: Try the various cough formulas like Robitussin (guaifenesin). Guaifenesin is safe. Occasional oral decongestant use should be safe. Dextromethorphan in Robitussin (guaifenesin)-DM is technically related to narcotic family, but shouldn't react to morphine allergy. I would suggest starting with Robitussin (guaifenesin)-PE. ...Read more

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Will i need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

Will i need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? 

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I : I agree---going off the medicine does not good. Just let your doctor know that you are on it and he can take the necessary operative precaustions during the surgery. Don't let this stop you from having the surgery that will improve your vision. ...Read more

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Developed joint & muscle pain after 4 mo. on Spiriva & Advair. D/C meds and pain gone. Any reliable alternatives to these meds for dx: "mild COPD"?

Developed joint & muscle pain after 4 mo. on Spiriva & Advair.  D/C meds and pain gone.  Any reliable alternatives to these meds for dx: "mild COPD"?

Mgt: There are similar medications and alternative medications available. I would suggest discussing Breo with your pulmonary specialist. Did you have a lab evaluation including muscle enzymes and electrolytes? I would suggest further investigation for these findings. ...Read more

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Can I ask for pain medications after breast reduction surgery?

Can I ask for pain medications after breast reduction surgery?

Absolutely: Your plastic surgeon should provide you with a prescription for pain medication to be taken after your surgery. Usually, however, the pain is not great and can be managed with tylenol (acetaminophen) within a couple days after the surgery. ...Read more

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Can you smoke marijuana for pain after surgery?

Can you smoke marijuana for pain after surgery?

Cont'd 3: Or make any legal decisions withing 24 hours is because the anesthesia drugs impair judgement and reasoning ability as well as response time. Cannabis effect is additive to this. In the literature it is recommended to delay surgery until the thc has cleared the system. The half life is somewhere between 28 adn 56 hours depending upon the chronicity of the use. ...Read more

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How to discontinue a paradoxical benzo like clonazepam 2m (originally: muscle relaxant) after long term use (complications!) ? I can't find any expert

How to discontinue a paradoxical benzo like clonazepam 2m (originally: muscle relaxant) after long term use (complications!) ? I can't find any expert

Paradoxical?: You need to reduce the dose very slowly over several weeks' time. The speed on the reduction should be gauged based on your symptoms. One study suggests that 25% decrease per week may be a reasonable approach. ...Read more

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How much pain will I have after male breast reduction surgery? I need to go back to work as soon as possible, but i can't be on heavy-duty pain meds. Will the pain after male breast reduction surgery be manageable with aspirin or aleve (naproxen)? .

How much pain will I have after male breast reduction surgery? I need to go back to work as soon as possible, but i can't be on heavy-duty pain meds. Will the pain after male breast reduction surgery be manageable with aspirin or aleve (naproxen)?

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Well tolerated: Although every patient has a different experience after surgery, most patients who undergo male breast reduction surgery tend to do very well from the discomfort standpoint. Much, of course will depend on the patient's specific procedure as well as concerns such as pain threshold. The plastic surgeon will be your best resource when it comes to more specific answers. ...Read more

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What other medicine besides narcotics can I use to help pain after an upper spinal surgery?

What other medicine besides narcotics can I use to help pain after an upper spinal surgery?

There may be muliple: Options depending on your age and other medical conditions as well as the type of surgery (fusion involved or not) ranging from tylenol, (acetaminophen) nonsteroidal anti inflammatories, neurontin, lyrica, cymbalta, amytriptyline for a few more common ones with some used in combination. Talk to your surgeon about your options or a pain management specialist in conjunction with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is Percocet or Vicodin safe to take for post op pain for only a week or so? Worried about addiction but it's only for post op pain. How effective?

Post operative Pain: I understand your concern about Addiction. If you do not have Dependence on Alcohol, Benzodiazepines or Sleeping medications, you will not become addicted to Percocet or Vicodin if you took it for a week postoperatively. While under care of Surgeon, gradually decrease dose.If intensity of pain decreases, discuss taking Ibuprofen or Naprosyn Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation ...Read more

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I'm having shoulder surgery in a few weeks & was wondering what pain medications they would use if i'm taking cymbalta (duloxetine) ?

I'm having shoulder surgery in a few weeks & was wondering what pain medications they would use if i'm taking cymbalta (duloxetine) ?

No limitation: As long as your liver is not impaired, you should be able to tolerate non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication or vicodin for more serious pain, but make sure you discuss your medications with your doctor and ensure your pharmacy has a list of all of your mediations. ...Read more

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Mom was prescribed celebrex (celecoxib) for siatica pain, did not take after reading terrible side effects, is drug safe or is physical therapy be better choice?

Mom was prescribed celebrex (celecoxib) for siatica pain, did not take after reading terrible side effects, is drug safe or is physical therapy be better choice?

Pretty Safe: Celebrex (celecoxib) is a poor pain reliever but a good anti-inflammatory. However if it does not help you may want to see if her doctor can prescribe her a stronger anti-inflammatory medicine or even a Medrol dose pack (steroid). If physical therapy and these don't help, then evaluation by a spine specialist would be warranted. ...Read more

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Are there other ways besides sedation & waiting for days for an appointment / ER to relocate a dislocated jaw? Also, how much Xanax (alprazolam) is "too much"?

Are there other ways besides sedation & waiting for days for an appointment / ER to relocate a dislocated jaw? Also, how much Xanax (alprazolam) is "too much"?

See OFP: Call aaop doctor for same day appointment for an emergency visit. Here is the link: <a href="http://www.Aaop.Org/content.Aspx?Page_id=2720;club_id=508439" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Aaop.Org/content.Aspx?Page_id=2720;club_id=508439</a> now xanax (alprazolam).. Is indicated for the management of anxiety disorder or short term insomnia. The maximum daily dose of 4 mg, given in divided doses that'. ...Read more