Quite a few people with chronic pain use benzodiazepine medications like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin. These medications lure people with the promise of relaxation; however, once hooked, it is difficult to shake loose from the benzodiazepine barb. Not many people realize the downside of these types of chemicals which include: confusion, distortion, forgetfulness, depression, tolerance, dependency, and rebound anxiety. Over time the barb digs in deep. Alternatives to benzodiazepines should be considered before becoming endlessly hooked.
One primary reason those with chronic pain use benzodiazepines is to treat muscle spasms. Increased tension can lead to increased pain; but, rebound anxiety created by benzodiazepines can also lead to increased pain as the medication effects wear off. Some alternative muscle relaxants might actually be a better solution for painful muscle spasms. One frequently overlooked medication is called Baclofen . This medication is not only useful to...
I have written here about many different classes of drugs used for pain management . Often, I have had readers respond that some of the drugs I have discussed have caused intolerable weight gain. And suddenly a patient is dealing with the specter of being obese, and all the potential health problems which follow from being obese. These health problems include high blood pressure , diabetes , degenerative joint disease, heart disease , cancer, high cholesterol and a sedentary lifestyle. Not to mention a sense of demoralization and physical discomfort. These individuals can become, or believe they have become, the target of social stigma. And all these forces can result in the patient discontinuing the drug, even if it is providing significant benefit. Unfortunately, a majority of the psychiatric medications are known to cause weight gain and ultimately obesity. And some of these medications are used to treat chronic pain . There is clea...
I’ve hit a rut. In terms of treatment for my RA and lupus.
Prednisone was the first medication I was put on, before I even had a diagnosis. I hate it, and have been on and off it, and on various doses, but it seems to be the one constant in my medicated life.
Then I was on Cellcept, which is a drug used for organ transplant patients, but has shown efficacy in lupus. I had to go off of that because my rheumatologist and I felt like it wasn’t doing very much for me.
I was also on hydroxychloroquine/ plaquenil, but had to go off of that because of liver toxicity.
Then I was on oral methotrexate, but had to go off of that due to the side-effects. Then I went on injectable methotrexate, but had to go off of that because of liver issues.
Then I was put on Humira, which made my lupus flare horribly, so I had to go off of that, too.
Currently, I am on anti-anxiety medication, birth control, flexeril, lac...
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