14 meds pain doctors avoid, and you should too.
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| Readers Digest – Prolonged use of certain pain medications may lead to serious side effects or addiction. Doctors vary in their advice, but here are the ones pain specialists avoid—for themselves and their patients.
“Fentanyl patches are extremely potent, addictive, and deadly. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine; however, it is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine! Very often, fentanyl patches are employed to treat patients in severe pain, and sometimes quite early in the process of pain management. This is dangerous, and I would not want any part of it as a patient.” —James Petros, MD, CEO/president of the Allied Pain & Spine Institute and clinical instructor at Stanford University.
“The pain med I would never take again is oxycodone. I took it once after a C-section—gave me nightmares. I rarely, if ever, prescribe oxycodone and not just because it gave me problems. I haven’t found that patients need it. Most patients, if they need something stronger for pain than over-the-counter meds, get prescription-strength naproxen. Rarely, [I’ll prescribe] hydrocodone … Now that lidocaine is available over the counter, I have been recommending it.” — Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, MD, a Milwaukee-based family physician who cares for chronic/acute-pain patients.
Ambien and Lunesta
“Patients with chronic pain often experience significant difficulty falling or staying asleep. Some estimate this overlap to occur in 60 to 80 percent of pain patients. Therefore, sleep medication is commonly prescribed. But I would never take—and I never prescribe—prescription sleep medication like Ambien or Lunesta. These medications have been linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” —Dr. Elroy Vojdani, MD, IFMCP, functional medicine practitioner.
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