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In June I told you about the FDA developing “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies” (REMS) to put tighter controls on the use of opioid medications. (See URGENT: FDA May Remove or Limit Access to Opioid Pain Medications ) One of the strategies being considered is requiring doctors to have special education and certification in order to prescribe each type of opioid medication. One medication that is already being treated this way is Suboxone. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone and is used to treat opioid dependence and/or addiction. Buprenorphine is an opiod medication similar to other opioids such as morphine, however, it produces less euphoric effects. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids – although when taken under the tongue as directed, it does not affect the action of the buprenorphine. Currently, physicians who want to prescribe Suboxone are required to receive special training in how to...
Getting off of pain medications usually requires an exit strategy. Anyone who has tried to abruptly discontinue a regularly used opioid (a pain medication which is chemically similar to opium that binds to opioid receptors in the body) can attest to the severe discomfort of withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms of withdrawal include: nausea, vomiting, aches, sweating, diarrhea, yawning, insomnia, irritability and gooseflesh. These symptoms indicate that the body is physically dependent on the chemical. Chemical dependency is difficult to overcome without a good strategy. That strategy should reduce the occurrence of withdrawal syndrome, the risk of relapse, and the risk of toxicity. Suboxone can help someone get off pain medications because it reduces withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and the risk of overdose.
Because Suboxone contains buprenorphine (an opioid), it serves as a substitute for other opioids and satisfies the body's need for the chemical. One advantage in converting from...
Generic Name: MORPHINE AUTO-INJECTOR - INJECTION Pronounced: (MOR-feen) Morphine IM Uses
This product is used to treat moderate-to-severe pain in
emergencies. It acts on certain centers in the brain to give you pain relief.
This medication is a narcotic pain reliever (opiate-type).
This product delivers one fixed dose of morphine and is
not recommended for use in children who are younger than 14 years or who weigh
less than 90 pounds (40 kilograms).
How To Use Morphine IM
This medication is given by injection into the muscle of
the outer thigh, through clothing if necessary, as directed. If you do not get
good pain relief after 30 minutes, a second dose may be given if so directed.
This product is meant to be used in emergencies only, so it is not usually
given repeatedly. However, if this product needs to be given repeatedly, it is
given as directed by the doctor, usually every 4 hours as
If you will be giving this med...
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