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Prescribe Pain Medication
No.: That is not a safe practice for you. Pain is an important symptom that something is wrong and should be evaluated by physical exam. ...Read more
Hi there. I am soon having a medical abortion. Do doctors typically prescribe pain medication to help with pain throughout process for home?
Yes indeed: In general, clinics and doctors who provide pregnancy termination services are very sensitive to their patients' needs, both medical and emotional, including pain control. You can rely on your provider to provide or prescribe whatever pain medications are needed. If in doubt, call and ask; you can expect a reassuring reply. ...Read more
Depends. . .: There are many different kinds of pain medications so you need to be more specific. Acetaminophen (paracetamol outside the states) can be dangerous to the liver in overdose but not the heart. Nsaids like Ibuprofen can cause kidney problems, stomach ulcers & lead to fluid retention which would be bad for heart failure. In fact, nsaids carry a black box warning against cardiovascular risk. ...Read more
Yes: But also be aware that the majority of ers are not capable to treating the problem. You will need to see a dentist to address the cause of the toothache so it can go away for good. ...Read more
Why are doctors so hard on prescribing pain medication if it seems to be the only thing getting through day by day with psoriatic arthritis pain?
Psoriasis pain: The issues is the type of pain medication. With a chronic condition a long acting steady state drug is the best as this avoids the ups and downs that a short acting agent will do. Using a short acting agent for a long duration is a very bad idea. Taking a short acting agent infrequently is not a problem. ...Read more
Fibromyalgia: The current feeling is avoid using opioids in fibromyalgia. This does not mean that in severe cases opioids should not be used. Docotrs have to justify their prescription - so if the exam shows no objective findings then there would be no indication to write for an opioid - just saying "i have pain" is not enough. ...Read more
Not your call.: I am always "frightened"by patients who believe they need pain meds, usually, no always meaning narcotics. They almost always have "tasted" these drugs before, frequently inappropriately! Your doctor is the best arbitor of this, hopefully a creditable one. Very few patients need narcotic therapy. Narcotics are grossly overprescribed! You are male-they will kill your masculinity! Great trade off! ...Read more
I am unable to see a doctor because of no income but I am getting ready to be awarded social security because I have severe neck and back problems. Can someone prescribe me pain medication?
Pain management is: No easy task to get anymore in the US. For one, the pain meds you can get OTC (over the counter), you'll have to pay cash for since they are off patent, and your diagnosis will determine which pain medicine will work best for your condition. A few stronger pain meds like narcotics require special prescription by pain management experts. You can seek free Med care in public health/county hospitals. ...Read more
No easy answer: It is difficult to say why your doctor won't prescribe a stronger pain medication without knowing the details of your specific clinical situation. However, rarely is pain medication the answer as these are only pain "maskers", whereas we want to look for the source of the pain and treat the cause of the pain. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
Not necessarily: May try a different class of drugs or look at non-pharmacologic options. ...Read more
A psychiatrist: Is a medical doctor, he ma prescribe any medication he pleases ...Read more
Yes: If he has a valid medical license and DEA number he can. Now whether or not he feels you need or have a medical condition that warrants pain medications is an entirely different story. He may be saying he can't prescribe medications for you because you medically do not need them. Prescribing in that situation would be both against the law and unethical. ...Read more
Can a ob prescribe any type of pain medication while pregnant if Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not help?
Yes: Any physician - OB or other - can prescribe nay medicine that their DEA certificate allows. Many do not/ cannot prescribe Schedule II drugs. Whether it is a good idea requires a discussion with the doctor and consideration of the risks and benefits. Good wishes. ...Read more
State by state: In many states, nurse practitioners can diagnose and prescribe appropriate medication treatments, some with physician supervision, some without. In other states, they can't. ...Read more
Phone script: Depends on the medication & how well the doctor knows you & your case. ...Read more