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Is Opana Better Than Morphine For Chronic Pain
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can u be pregnant on morphine sr and baby be okay? I have severe chronic pain. Feel pain on meds. Off is 10 unbearable. Suggestions if I want own kid?
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
Pump: Yes it can in well selected and appropriate patients. ...Read more
Can you tell me if someone can be an acupuncturist if they are on morphine (buprenorphine) for chronic pain?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
I have a scrip for Opana er, 20mg. Also a script for hydrocodone 10 mg. I recently took a standard U.A. and morphine showed. Is this possible?
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?
If I took an opana ir. .. but am prescribed oxycodone and morphine sulfate will a drug test be the same?
Confused: Can you please re-phrase this and re-submit. ...Read more
No: It is not considered stronger but is still abused ...Read more
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
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
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?
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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