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Is morphine for chronic pain ok long term if nothing else helps?

Is morphine for chronic pain ok long term if nothing else helps?

It is OK: The answer is that you can use morphine safely, selectively and sparingly. Most of the debate about the role of opioids in chronic pain management is based upon both the safety and efficacy of these drugs and the potential for abuse. Because of concerns about tolerance, physical dependence and addiction, many health professionals are still reluctant to prescribe opioids for chronic pain. ...Read more

Morphine (Definition)

Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting forumations are taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is for use when around-the-clock ...Read more


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I take avinza (morphine) for chronic pain. Now I have severe constipation?

I take avinza (morphine) for chronic pain. Now I have severe constipation?

Constipation Concern: Chronic pain management will most assuredly lead to constipation due to the receptors present in the gut, which are affected by the opioids used for pain control. This is physiologic and unavoidable. To help, increase your fluid intake dramatically, increase soluble and insoluble fiber sources and consider a mild stimulant laxative like senna. An osmotic laxative may also become a chronic need. ...Read more

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Taking Ms Contin (morphine) for chronic pain. I'm allergic to it. Can you suggest an alternative pain medication other than oxy, perc, vicodin?

Taking Ms Contin (morphine) for chronic pain. I'm allergic to it. Can you suggest an alternative pain medication other than oxy, perc, vicodin?

Herbs: Medicinal cannabis if it is legal in your state is an alternative to narcotic pain medications. Also eating a more alkaline diet my help. Acupuncture. Deep meditation. There are various herbs but this is not my specialty. Recommend following up with a pain management specialist and/or homeopathic specialist. There are also doctors of natural medicine possibly in your area. ...Read more

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Is morphine 20mg per day okay for breakthrough pain for my chronic pain! ?

Is morphine 20mg per day okay for breakthrough pain for my chronic pain! ?

Impossible to answer: Chronic narcotic use has enormous risks, especially in a 35 year old. Without detailed knowledge of your history, this question is impossible to answer. From the list of your other medical issues I would urge finding other treatments to address the pain and anxiety/depression besides narcotics. ...Read more

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I have severe chronic pain. Could Drs on here cut me some slack for being on morphine and start focusing on the questions I actually ask?

I have severe chronic pain. Could Drs on here cut me some slack for being on morphine and start focusing on the questions I actually ask?

Chronic Pain Syndrom: I have severe chronic pain. Could Drs on here cut me some slack for being on morphine and start focusing on the questions I actually ask? ANS: That is what we get paid for. Chronic pain has many causes and requires a detailed listen to what the patient is saying to try to get to the source of the problem. In my experience many are misdiagnosed. Trust you have good pain Dr? ...Read more

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I have chronic pain. I was told long ago that I "do not metabolize morphine" and that it "runs right through me". Could that be a true statement?

I have chronic pain. I was told long ago that I "do not metabolize morphine" and that it "runs right through me". Could that be a true statement?

No: That is absurd. Get it evaluated and find out the true cause of the pain. If you have been on opiates awhile you can develop a tolerance to these meds. ...Read more

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Will actiq and morphine patches help my family members chronic pain?

Will actiq and morphine patches help my family members chronic pain?

No & Maybe: Actiq shouldn't be used for non-cancer pain. Tolerance develops rapidly because of the rapid, intense effect. This results in the need for higher and higher doses over a very short time. This med is most appropriate for patients not expected to survive for more than several months as the med becomes less effective rapidly. Fentanyl patches may be more appropriate. See a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Do morphine and tapentadol work on the the same receptors? Taking both for chronic pain.

Do morphine and tapentadol work on the the same receptors? Taking both for chronic pain.

Morphine and tapenta: Morphine works only on opioid receptors. Tapentadol works on opioid receptors and norepinephrine uptake.
It would make no sense to take both as short acting - one has to be long acting and the other short acting. ...Read more

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Percocet and morphine last 5 years for chronic pain. Doesn't have the same effect anymore. Any advice?

Percocet and morphine last 5 years for chronic pain. Doesn't have the same effect anymore. Any advice?

Meds not working: After a while of taking these kind of medicines called opioids the body becomes accustomed to them so that they do not work as well. Apart from increasing the dose, One can try alternatives such as stretching, heat, cold, acupuncture, electrical stimulation (TENS), relaxation techniques, etc. Very often using alternative treatment for pain in the long run are more effective than medicines, ...Read more

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I have Kaiser and I have chronic pain. I take fentanyl 100 mcg 2 every 3 days and morphine 60 mg 2 twice a day. I needed refill yesterday my dr wont.?

Ask to see a pain: Management specialist. They are very strict with their protocols but they r the experts. U must be completely honest and follow their rules. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone can be an acupuncturist if they are on morphine (buprenorphine) for chronic pain?

Acupuncture: If the person's capacity to needle or to think through acupuncture treatment plans is in any way diminished by use of morphine - that should be avoided. ...Read more

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Chronic pain not controlled. How do I talk to my new dr. About this? I'm on percocet nd morphine. Morphine I don't like at all doesn't help.

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Chronic pain not controlled. How do I talk to my new dr. About this? I'm on percocet nd morphine. Morphine I don't like at all doesn't help.

Just ask!: But do beware that while we're more open to treating chronic pain, there's also been a backlash, more in some urban & rural areas regarding use of narcotics & opioids like Percocet & morphine. It's important for you to have an open discussion w/your physician. Find out what caused it. Consider physical therapy (again!), acupuncture, etc. Consider non-narcotic pain relief especially if neuropathic. ...Read more

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61 year old female on Morphine 60 mg for chronic pain I am having a weight loss surgery to loose weight to help my pain. How can I titrate off Morphine?

61 year old female on Morphine 60 mg for chronic pain I am having a weight loss surgery to loose weight to help my pain. How can I titrate off Morphine?

Pain specialist: You may need a pain specialist to help you. Besides using methadone, there are other non-narcotic agents that may help including gabapentin, clonidine, etc. A specialist should help you get weaned off. ...Read more

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I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and take chronic pain med's how do I get my doc to prescribe a med for the intense daily pain EG morphine? Thank you! :)

I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and take chronic pain med's how do I get my doc to prescribe a med for the intense daily pain EG morphine? Thank you! :)

Chronic Pain: The treatment of chronic pain is complex and the best methods depend on the exact reason for your pain. Most of the time opioids such as morphine are NOT a good solution for chronic pain. Most patients build tolerance and can even become addicted. Speak with your doc who knows you best! Many times physical therapy and stretching help the most. ...Read more

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Chronic pain patient. Percocet and morphine. Lately myoclonic jerk. Valium helps at night but what about day? Carisoprodol? Advice appreciated

Chronic pain patient. Percocet and morphine. Lately myoclonic jerk. Valium helps at night but what about day? Carisoprodol? Advice appreciated

Don't use Carisoprod: Carisoprodol (Soma) is not effective for myoclonus and is a dangerous drug with multiple side effects. Myoclonus can be caused by many conditions. Medications to treat it are:Levetiracetam (Keppra), clonazepam, valproic acid Other treatments are also used. **A side effect of Morphine is myoclonic jerks. For more patient information go to: http://bit. Ly/1JXRcyL ...Read more

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Is morphine useful in the treatment of chronic pain? I have chronic pain in my legs of unknown source. Psychiatrist believes it's depression related.

Yes and no: Morphine is an addictive medicine that is usually used when everything else has not worked. Depression can exacerbate pain and also be underlying cause in some patients. I recommend you work in conjunction with your psychiatrist as well as a pain specialist to come up with a treatment plan that works for you that is lowest risk of addiction. ...Read more

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I have severe chronic pain however one of the medications does not offer any relief at all. My dr won't change the opana er. What can I do I need help?

I have severe chronic pain however one of the medications does not offer any relief at all. My dr won't change the opana er. What can I do I need help?

Second opinion: There might be a reason behind the selection of the particular medication. You can have an open discussion with your physician and can always get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Been on lortab 9 yrs. Chronic pain. Rheumatoid, osteo, fibro, neuropothy. Lortabs do not seem to work any longer. Pharmacist suggested opana. Safe?

See details: The pharmacist should have kept his mouth shut and simply suggested you discuss it with the doctor who prescribes the pain med. That is what I am saying. ...Read more

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Why is opana ER 40mg a better drug than morphine?

Why is opana ER 40mg a better drug than morphine?

Better?: In terms of potency Opana er 40 mg is equal to about 120 mg of morphine. In general I find that the side effects from taking Opana er are seen less often than with morphine. Does that make it better? ...Read more

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I'm currently taking morphine 30 mg ER 3 times a day and 15 mg IR 4 times a day. I have 4th stage cirrhosis of the liver. Compared to Opana which is b?

I'm currently taking morphine 30 mg ER 3 times a day and 15 mg IR 4 times a day. I have 4th stage cirrhosis of the liver. Compared to Opana which is b?

Ph2 glucuronidation: They're very similar drugs as far as your liver is concerned, both metabolized by glucuronidation. Why do you need the narcotics?? would be best if you could get off (but if necessary, then they're necessary.) at your age, are you being evaluated for transplant?? ...Read more

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I'm allergic to Morphine, so will I be allergic to Oxymorphone medications also?

I'm allergic to Morphine, so will I be allergic to Oxymorphone medications also?

Opiate allergies?: It depends. Alot of folks claim to be allergic to various medications, when in fact, they have side effects. Since we do not know what your reaction was to Morphine, it's kinda hard to predict what you might experience with other drugs. My advice is to try and avoid taking Opiates on a regular basis, as you may become dependent and then have withdrawal symptoms when you don't take the Opiates. ...Read more

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Can avinza (morphine) be used permanent to manage chronic akathisia and rls?

Bad idea: Opioids like long-acting morphine, are not preferred treatments for restless leg syndrome. They are not indicated for this problem, although both opioids and tranquillizers (benzodiazepines) can reduce the symptoms. However, they cause physical dependence, and typically the dose goes up over time. Drugs like ropinirole and pramipexol are the first line treatments. Low iron should also be treated. ...Read more

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Went 2 ER 4 chronic pancreatitis. Was given 2 500mg vicodin at 4pm they gave me 15mg morphine to take home pill form. I'm in pain can I take the morph?

Went 2 ER 4 chronic pancreatitis. Was given 2 500mg vicodin at 4pm they gave me 15mg morphine to take home pill form. I'm in pain can I take the morph?

Yes: If still awake and in pain, yes you can take it. Just make sure not to take more than prescribed. During periods of acute inflammation, dry not to eat to rest the pancreas. ...Read more

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Is MS Contin (morphine) a good med for chronic nerve pain?

Is MS Contin (morphine) a good med for chronic nerve pain?

Sometimes: MSContin is far better for most types of chronic pain than any of its shorter-acting relatives.Nerve modulators like Lyrica (pregabalin) & Neurontin can also be helpful. All work on the theory that pain is primarily in the brain. In my practice, pain almost always has an actual mechanical or inflamm. Cause which is treatable w/ osteopathic manip., neuroprolo, Vit D/glucose creams, etc. This is 'cure' v 'control'. ...Read more

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Oxymorphone (Definition)

Oxymorphone is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a ...Read more