Life can be better with the use of chemicals. Every year, I embark on chemical warfare in my rose garden. The bugs try to eat all of the first blooms and I try to kill all the bugs with chemicals. Most of the time, I win the war and have a bounty of colors and perfumes gracing my garden. This year, I learned that these poisonous potions can have some major consequences. After spraying, one of my prized plants immediately turned brown and sickly. Worst of all, the targeted pest is still in my garden.
Chemicals do not always live up to their promises. The same can be said of opioid pain medications like morphine, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Sometimes these chemicals have some serious consequences and can still leave a person in pain. Are these chemicals really worth it in the long run? Was the loss of one rose bush worth the blooms of the others? I am not sure, but I am definitely having second thoughts about using chemicals in my garden knowing the consequences.
My name is Linda and I am 53 years old. I have had migraines for the past 18 years. I take Amerge 2.5mg to control the migraines. I take 18 pills every 25 days, which works fine for me. I get the headaches almost daily, but use to get them on a couple times per month when I was much younger. Is it ok to take this drug long term without negative side affects? The different classes of drugs to curtail frequency do not work for me and I have had many CAT scans to verify that no tumors exist . Linda.
Nobody really knows the long-term effects of taking triptans such as Amerge as frequently as you do.
With a "headache" nearly daily though, I have to wonder if the Amerge is contributing to the problem by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. Taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans (including Amerge) or ergotamines or any kind of pain me...
People who have severe, chronic pain may be given the option of taking opioid medications (narcotics) to help manage their pain and live some semblance of a normal life. For those who are not facing end-of-life issues with cancer, this can become a life-long management tool. Whenever opioids are discussed, there is always a concern raised about physical dependency and addiction. But as the authors of this study point out, addiction isn't the only downside of opioids. Difficulty concentrating, memory loss, slower physical reaction time, and slower processing of information are additional potential side effects of these powerful pain relievers. What's the current evidence that such effects on cognitive function are really a problem? To find out, pain experts from Denmark, Sweden, and Brazil teamed up to review data published in medical and psychologic journals around the world. They summarized the results in a table that included type of study (design), sample size (number of patients), t...
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