Opioids And Chronic Pain: A Balancing Act

Published April 5th, 2016 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by
Chris Riley

Chronic pain can come from a lot of different sources: an old injury that never heals right, a chronic illness that features regular bouts of pain, or even a gradual increase in arthritis and overall aches and pains which accompanies the aging process.

Unfortunately, the only truly potent painkillers we know about so far are opioids like morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, and while they can relieve pain, they can also cause someone to grow dependent on them even if they’re only ever used as prescribed. Not only does this make the current dosage less effective, the opioid cravings these drugs set up can be hard to break and may even become serious enough to be life-threatening.

But still, opioids represent a way for thousands of those suffering from chronic pain to return to a normal life, and so they must remain a part of the modern pharmacology.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a guideline for opioid prescriptions that basically tells physicians to explore every possible alternative first and only provide a long-term opioid prescription as an absolute last resort. Options like physical therapy, exercise and diet changes, and cognitive-behavioral therapy all demand a lot more attention and effort than a simple pill prescription, but they also don’t carry the same risk of physical dependency.

Another CDC suggestion is a simultaneous prescription of naloxone, an opioid antagonist which reverses the effects of opioid drugs and can shut down an overdose in an instant. Even if opioid drug abuse isn’t a factor, accidents can happen, and ultimately no one deserves to die of a prescription drug overdose. That’s why the CDC wants every household with opioid medications anywhere to have naloxone somewhere nearby in the event of an emergency.

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