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Is it true that having an oxycodone prescription for breakthrough pain just makes people take more pain medication?

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Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Oxycodone

Yes and no. Oxycodone is a frequently prescribed immediate release narcotic given to people who are on chronic opioid therapy with a sustained release narcotic taken orally or by patch.
The key is frequent follow-up with your pain physician to get to a regimen of sustained release narcotic where you require the minimum amount of oxycodone/breakthrough meds for emergency only.

In brief: Oxycodone

Yes and no. Oxycodone is a frequently prescribed immediate release narcotic given to people who are on chronic opioid therapy with a sustained release narcotic taken orally or by patch.
The key is frequent follow-up with your pain physician to get to a regimen of sustained release narcotic where you require the minimum amount of oxycodone/breakthrough meds for emergency only.
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management

In brief: Depends

Opioids such as oxycodone are very effective agents for pain relief in acute situations, but on a long term basis they are associated with poor outcomes and with increasing use of pain medications.

In brief: Depends

Opioids such as oxycodone are very effective agents for pain relief in acute situations, but on a long term basis they are associated with poor outcomes and with increasing use of pain medications.
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
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