Friday, September 19, 2014

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Chronic Pain is a serious condition, from which relief is sought through various treatments. While medications are a popular solution, the downside is that opioid medications can lead to addiction. However, addiction is relatively rare and often coincides with a genetic predisposition for such. The more typical outcome is a physical dependence, which is not the same as addiction. Nevertheless, patients and doctors are often afraid to take or prescribe opioid medications because of the misunderstanding about the addiction risk. 

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Yesterday I told you about the Obama Administration's new program aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and the FDA's new opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies.  You can read that announcement here:  White House and FDA Announce Plans to Reduce Prescription Drug AbuseWhile I'm all for reducing the abuse of prescription…

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Cort, Health Guide, answered What pain meds are prescribed after a… You will be given narcotic medications to relieve your pain probably for…

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Christina Lasich, MD, Health Pro, commented on Addiction: Are You at Risk? The distinction between addiction and dependency is an important distinction to make.…

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Vicki, Health Guide, commented on Pain Patients Should Not be the Victims… I have often wondered how doctors about prescribe pain…

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