Too little medicine

Patients are concerned about the side effects of pain medication like constipation, nausea, vomiting, heartburn and stomach aches. There are also concerns of addiction and masking the pain. These fears prevent adequate treatment of the pain.

 

 

Too much medication

On the other end of the spectrum, patients may be dependent on opioid medications (morphine etc.) for their chronic pain. Unfortunately, there is no strong evidence-based research to conclude that long-term opioid treatment of chronic pain is effective.

 

 

Just the right amount of medication

Many of the simple side effects of common analgesics can be countered. Pharmacists should also be able to provide advice on alternative medication. Patients on long term opioids should attempt alternate modes of treatment like exercise and counselling.

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