Can Teeth Rot Because Of Oxycontin Use

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claire Says:
ive been on these for about 7 years and was just asking coz my teeth are slowly getting worse also on oxynorm amitriptoline seratail co-codamol and have just started on fentanyl patches please help

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Verwon Says:
Your teeth can be affected by many medications, especially narcotics. The problem is caused due to the fact that they tend to sap the minerals from your body, plus they cause dry mouth, which allows more bacteria to sit on your teeth.

From the medications you are taking, all of the narcotics, the Oxycontin, Co-Codamol, Oxynorm and the Fentanyl can cause a loss of calcium, as well as dry mouth.

And the Amitryptiline can also cause dry mouth as a side effect.






Many people on long-term narcotic pain management end up with severe dental issues and a lot have lost all their teeth and required dentures or implants.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Christine Says:
You need to search for and follow/join those of us who've also suffered from extensive tooth loss as a result of having been prescribed/taken any of the "oxy" pain medications. There are many of us! Look for the discussion thread called "Oxycontin damaged my teeth".... Be sure to read the very first post (that started it all), as well as as many, if not all of the subsequent posts. The posts toward the end (like within the last year or so) will cover what we as a group are trying to do to"get our smiles back" We may not be successful, and its definitely going to take A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT, but one thing is certain... nothing will happen if we don't at least try to make something happen! Hope to see you on our forum, Christine

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kacee Says:
Mine too n its been since 07. Bs

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Stacey Says:
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Christine I would love to join the group. How can I join. Pls give me the info. I have lost my teeth the same way

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Christine Says:
I am not personally involved in that forum anymore (that I mentioned in an earlier post) because my own medical issues take up most all my time just to deal with. However, if you go to that forum, you'll find a lot of members who are still trying to initiate legal action against the drug manufacturers and, from what I understand, they are trying to put together a separate forum for all tooth decay sufferers to be able to communicate with one another (something I had tried to do but couldn't get anyone to cooperate, surprisingly). Personally, and unless one of their members happens to BE an attorney, I have serious doubts that there will ever be a successful classes action suit against the drug companies so that they'll pay to have our teeth fixed. That being said, I wish them all the best and I would encourage you to join in their conversations. Take care, be well, and good luck in your endeavors! Christine

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Stacey Says:
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Christine I appreciate you getting back to me, but how do I join in that group? I'm not quite understanding about how to proceed. Ty

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P450 Says:
Hi Posters this is my second post today ALL opioids cause decreased saliva leading to dental erosion which can result in massive issues; not just cavities; tooth loss and bone loss (jaw); abscess and infection, and the need for expensive restoration.

It is actually going to be typical if you are on pain management. There is no prevention as my specialist told me "P450 (not my real name but I am a P450 ultra rapid opioid metabolizer) it does not matter how good you take care of your teeth this is going to happen when you are on these pain medications there is nothing to prevent the loss of saliva."

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Cherry Says:
Hi, I just found this site, and it says no registration is needed, but I really want to be a part of this forum!

I am trying to research now because in the last 3 years I have lost almost every single tooth in my mouth! I have excellent oral hygiene and yet my teeth have actually broken off a few times, and most of them have abcessed. It seems that they have rotted from the inside out. I have also lost a great deal of jaw bone on the right side.

It only came to my attention last week that all of this could be related to long-term use of opioids. I have 2 pain conditions, the worst of which is complex regional pain syndrome in my right hand and arm. I have been on oxycontin for well over a decade. I am not an addict. I have never gotten "high" from any pain medications. I used to get nauseous and woozy, but built up a tolerance long ago and no longer have that. I have on exactly 2 occasions, both of them years ago, been in so much pain that I took more oxycontin than I should have in a shorter amount of time, and both times I ended up throwing them up. I don't think I could become an addict if I wanted. I'm the same way with alcohol, BTW. A tiny drink and I feel tipsy and unwell, and any more & I throw up. (Got that out of me in my teens!)

Nevertheless, I have no quality of life at all without pain medications. I try to go at least one day a week without taking anything, just to do it, but that day is spent in bed with ice packs and heating pads. CRPS is difficult to describe if you haven't experienced it. It's like smashing your thumb in a car door, and that's all you can think about until the pain goes away. Only my pain never goes away.

So, here I am wondering if all this tooth loss was caused by taking strong opioids for so long? It would almost be a relief if that's the answer, because I've felt terrible about it. I also have terrible dry mouth (I take cymbalta, too), and suffer from yeast infections in and around my mouth a lot. I have to use Nystatin, and sometimes need to take pills. I even get itchy nose at times. Maybe that's the pain meds, too? I've had times when I went to the dentist with sores all over my tongue and gums and the hygienist constantly berated me for "bad hygiene", even though I brush my teeth constantly, all day long! Now I use a water flosser, too, and that does seem to help keep the yeast infection sores at bay.

I appreciate your candor on this forum and hope somebody can maybe tell me where to go to find more information. My injuries are work-related and if it turns out that my tooth loss really was caused by opioids, I'm hoping maybe workers' comp will pay for some of the expense of crowns and bridges. Thanks.

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