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How can you work with your doctor to receive opioid (narcotic) pain medications?

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You'll need a prescription from your doctor before you start taking opioids. The doctor can adjust the dose as needed to help control pain. You may receive around-the-clock doses to manage pain throughout the day and night. Additionally, your doctor may prescribe opioids to be taken "as needed" in case you experience "breakthrough" pain. Breakthrough pain is a flare of pain that you experience despite getting round-the-clock doses of pain medication.

From: Opioid (Narcotic) Pain Medications WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Questions and Answers: FDA approves a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics."

American Cancer Society: "Pain Control."

The Partnership at Drugfree.org: "Prescription Pain Relievers."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Opioid Addiction."

National Guideline Clearinghouse: "Interagency guideline on opioid dosing for chronic non-cancer pain: an educational aid to improve care and safety with opioid therapy."

News release, FDA.

National Institutes of Health: "Drug Interactions of Clinical Importance among the Opioids, Methadone and Buprenorphine, and other Frequently Prescribed Medications: A Review."

Medline Plus: "Oxycodone." "Fentanyl." "Hydrocodone." "Hydrocodone Combination Products." "Hydromorphone." "Methadone."

Medscape. “FDA Okays Naldemedine (Symproic) for Opioid Constipation.”  

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on September 20, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Questions and Answers: FDA approves a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics."

American Cancer Society: "Pain Control."

The Partnership at Drugfree.org: "Prescription Pain Relievers."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Opioid Addiction."

National Guideline Clearinghouse: "Interagency guideline on opioid dosing for chronic non-cancer pain: an educational aid to improve care and safety with opioid therapy."

News release, FDA.

National Institutes of Health: "Drug Interactions of Clinical Importance among the Opioids, Methadone and Buprenorphine, and other Frequently Prescribed Medications: A Review."

Medline Plus: "Oxycodone." "Fentanyl." "Hydrocodone." "Hydrocodone Combination Products." "Hydromorphone." "Methadone."

Medscape. “FDA Okays Naldemedine (Symproic) for Opioid Constipation.”  

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on September 20, 2018

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