What Is An Equal Alternative To Morphine As A Narcotic For Chronic Pain?

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Asked by mark

What Is An Equal Alternative To Morphine As A Narcotic For Chronic Pain?

I do not like the side effects of morphine. I know there are other narcotics for use in control of chronic pain. My doctor just seems hell bent on morphine/kadian now. What else is there and how do I get my doctor to change?

Answer

Hi Mark,

Thank you for your question. As you mentioned, there are several narcotics available for the treatment of chronic pain. It is important to discuss the side effects that you're experiencing with your doctor so that he or she can try to find the medication that will work best for you. Codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, meperidine, methadone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone are all used in the treatment of chronic pain, though not all these options may be appropriate for your needs. You can find more information on all of these medications at www.healthline.com/drug_directory.

Best of luck,

Casey