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What is the right tool for 24/7 pain? Having the right tool for the job can mean the difference between being on a roller coaster of uncontrolled pain versus being on a merry-go-round of good pain control. Pain medications have two basic methods for delivering the active ingredient: immediate release or sustained release.
Immediate release medications are designed for occasional, temporary pain because they work fast but don't last. This allows a person to use these short-acting medications like Vicodin , Lortab , and Percocet "as needed for pain" (this is a common instruction on prescription bottles). However, many people end up using quick-acting medications constantly, around-the-clock for 24/7 pain. That is like trying to use a hammer as if it were a nail. Immediate release medications are the wrong tools for the job of controlling constant pain. Because these medications wear-off so quickly, one never has a chance to stay ahead of the pain. Instead, this roller coaster...
For some reason, Tramadol is an overlooked, misunderstood drug. Even some doctors are confused about some facts that seem to be little known. Most know that tramadol is used to treat pain and comes in both short acting and time released formulas. Various brand name drugs contain tramadol including: Ultracet, Ultram, Ultram ER, Ryzolt, and Rybix. Because these all contain tramadol, they are all worth considering even for the toughest to treat pain. But first, let's clear up some confusion about tramadol.
Is tramadol an opioid? So many people have been lead to believe that tramadol is not an opioid medication. In fact, tramadol is considered an opioid medication because it like morphine and hydrocodone bind to and activate the mu opioid receptor . This mechanism provides the pain relieving, the analgesic effect. And like all the other opioids, the regular use of tramadol can lead to physical dependency . Thus, when this exogenous source of opioids is withdrawn suddenly, a per...
I have been taken Toradol and Vicodin for my migraines for a year now. They do help when I get really bad attacks. Are they harming by body? If so is there anything not as strong but that works? Wanda.
While Toradol and Vicodin may not be harming your body per se, they're not generally considered the best choices for treating Migraine, and there is evidence that they can, in the long run, make Migraines worse. Research has shown that any use of opioids (including Vicodin) is associated with increased risk of developing transformed Migraine. NSAIDs, including Toradol, also increase this risk if used very frequently. You can find more information on this in Transformed Migraine - Risk Increased by Some Medications .
Most doctors suggest Migraine abortive medications such as the triptans (Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, etc.) or ergotamines (D.H.E. 45 and Migranal Nasal Spray) should be the first treatment used for Migraine attacks and...
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