What Is A Good Alternative To Morphine Sulfate? I Take 30mg 3x Day With Hydrocodone For Breakthrough Pain & Making Me Sick And Morphine Is Not Helping.dr Says Just Methadone As Alternative

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What Is A Good Alternative To Morphine Sulfate? I Take 30mg 3x Day With Hydrocodone For Breakthrough Pain & Making Me Sick And Morphine Is Not Helping.dr Says Just Methadone As Alternative

I've been on Morphine for over 5yrs now and it does not help my pain anymore and I feel sick all the time. the Norco for breakthrough pain is making me very ill so I've cut down to 1 a day but am not getting any relief. When I ask my Dr for an alternative he says just methadone which I will never take again! But, my pain levels are out of control and I don't know what to do? I'm afraid if I push the issue my Dr might take me off my meds all together because there is such an abuse issue in my community and they are just cutting people off left and right. I'm unsure how to approach this issue

Answer

Some doctors are only comfortable prescribing certain medications depending on experience, training and local situation. I would recommend finding another doctor for a second opinion, maybe in a different town. Some may call this doctor shopping, but sometimes you do need to shop around to find a better solution.

Many alternatives are available, but it is not my place to state what is right for you. Only a treating physician who has examined and talked with you can do that.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD