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...
Suboxone can be a good exit strategy if the pain medications start to force life out of control. Pain medications are not meant to cause a downward spiral. The goal of using pain medications is to regain enough control over pain to become more active. Unfortunately, pain medication use can sometimes do just the opposite of improving function; sometimes someone can lose control and function by using chemicals. Chemical dependency then becomes a larger problem than chronic pain as chemical dependency slips towards addiction. Chemical addiction can destroy marriages, friendships, and careers. Recently, the manufacturers of Suboxone launched a new program called Here To Help: Supporting You Through Treatment . Their motto for the program is: "Self Encouragement Starts Here".
Taking the leap to Suboxone treatment can be frightening. Staying with the Suboxone treatment program can get discouraging. The Here to Help Program connects people with physicians and "Care Coaches" while provi...
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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