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My chronic pain meds stop working. Is there such thing as drug holidays?
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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
A "drug holliday" is a period of time when you stop taking medication.
The idea is to give your body a chance to cleanse itself and get rid of drug metabolites. It is thought that the drug will be more effective after a period of time off the drug. Another means of obtaining increased effect from pain medications is to change to another drug. This is called opioid rotation.

In brief: Yes
A "drug holliday" is a period of time when you stop taking medication.
The idea is to give your body a chance to cleanse itself and get rid of drug metabolites. It is thought that the drug will be more effective after a period of time off the drug. Another means of obtaining increased effect from pain medications is to change to another drug. This is called opioid rotation.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but
Usually pain medication holidays do not work.
You need to be reevaluated to determine if there is something blocking the benefit of the medication or if the nature of the problem has changed.

In brief: Yes, but
Usually pain medication holidays do not work.
You need to be reevaluated to determine if there is something blocking the benefit of the medication or if the nature of the problem has changed.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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