Contrary to the myth that extended-release medications are better than short-acting medications for management of chronic pain, they have NOT been proven to be safer nor more effective. Most patients who are dependent on these meications have a great deal of trouble weaning on their own and require a medical expert's assistance. If you or your loved one think narcotic pain medication weaning might be an option you'd like to explore , why not contact Creative Pain Soutions today?
Chronic pain sufferers may find themselves dependent on multiple classes of medications including narcotics, anti-anxiety medications or stimulant medications. Whatever the original reason for using these medications, it often proves very difficult or impossible to stop taking them. At Creative Pain Solutions we have found that weaning off addictive medications can be the first step towards successful pain rehabilitation and a brighter future. Our patients at CPS know that whatever difficulties may be encountered, their pain management team is with them every step of the way.
Despite low-quality evidence supporting the practice, the use of narcotic pain medications for chronic non-cancer pain increased dramatically over the past two decades. Concurrently, narcotic medication overdose deaths, addiction, misuse and diversion have increased markedly. Chronic narcotic medication usage always entails risks for patients, their families and the community. With daily use physical dependence and tolerance can develop even with small daily doses and as quickly as in days or weeks. Plus, many patients continue to experience substantial pain even taking high doses of medication.
The risks of chronic narcotic usage are frequently thought to be limited to addiction, sleepiness and constipation. However, there are many other potential side effects including worsening anxiety, depression, endocrine abnormalities and immune system dysfunction. Osteoporosis can occur as can serious fractures from falls. Chronic dry mouth may cause tooth decay. Decreased sex hormone levels may cause sexual dysfunction. Ironically, prolonged use of narcotics for pain may cause heightened pain sensitivity (narcotic induced hyperalgesia). Operating motor vehicles may be prohibited and impaired drivers run the risk of DUI charges.