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Saturday, March 06, 2010 Verna, Community Member, asks

Q: Safest pain management medication?

I quit taking the 4 per day hydrocodone that I have been on for 5 years.  I just felt it probably was not good for my body.  I don't have any problems from it.  I lasted about a month and could not stand the pain.  My blood pressure went up my adrenals were off the chart.  My body just would not accept the pain again.  What pain management medication has the least long term effect on your body???  Thanks

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Cort, Health Guide
3/ 7/10 10:04pm
I'm actually not aware of many long-term drug studies. Pharmaceutical companies generally just do what they need to do to get their drug on the market and that's it. Maybe some here can spea to their experience with long term pain management with drugs. You might want to try to try alternative techniques to try and manage your pain. They could blunt it enough to allow you to take the pain medication down a notch. Certainly any bit helps. One method called MBSR was specifically developed to help people with pain. Here's a link to the website. http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mbsr/ Good luck. Reply
Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
3/10/10 9:08am

I've been taking tramadol for pain for over 10 years and haven't had any problems from it. 

 

Actually, opioids like hydrocodone are better than most medications when it comes to long-term effects on the body.  Here is information about a recent study (and the only one I know of) that evaluated patients who had been taking opioids for 10 to 35 years:  Long-Term Opioid Therapy – What Are the Effects?

 

If you take hydrocodone, though, keep in mind that hydrocodone is only available in combination with either acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Just make sure you're not getting too much of those since they're often included in many over-the-counter meds.

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