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

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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