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People that have been on narcotic pain medications for long periods of time, do they have negative side effects?
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Dr. Joseph De santi
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Opioid Blues
Long term use of opioid pain meds can result in several physiological changes.
The most common is habituation which differs from addiction. Habituation or dependence simply means if you suddenly stopped the medication you would develop withdrawal symptoms, which can be serious. Tolerance is when more med is needed to control pain as the body adapts to the medication. Monitoring is essential.

In brief: Opioid Blues
Long term use of opioid pain meds can result in several physiological changes.
The most common is habituation which differs from addiction. Habituation or dependence simply means if you suddenly stopped the medication you would develop withdrawal symptoms, which can be serious. Tolerance is when more med is needed to control pain as the body adapts to the medication. Monitoring is essential.
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Dr. Scott Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
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In brief: Yes
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