Lyrica Too Addictive To Prescribe By Pain Mgmt. Docs?

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Lory Says:

My pain mgmt. person is taking me off of Lyrica due to it being highly addictive. I am 64 and have been on this med, in conjunction with Oxycodone 10mg, since it was on the market. Is it true that ALL pain mgmt. doctors are no longer prescribing Lyrica? It works so well for dealing with the severe stenosis problems I have.

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Kevin Says:

Hello Lory,

Short answer is no, not all pain management doctors have stopped prescribing lyrica. What I will say is that the number of doctors refusing to prescribe these types of medication is growing due to the much stronger enforcement of opiods and other addictive prescription drugs.

The reasoning for this is due in large part to the government's increasing regulation of the market. This crack down is in response to what people are calling the "opioid crisis". According to the government's drug abuse website opioid addiction and misuse has increased over 30 percent in some areas just from 2016 to 2017. In addition, the Midwest saw an increase of 70% from opioid overdoses. Here is a link to the page where I sourced this information, you can also find some additional info on this subject.

[1] Drug Abuse Opioid Overdose Crisis

These statistics have become the driving force behind government crackdowns on false practices. The problem is that by doing so, even doctors who are wholesome and do their best not to play into the hands of addicts ultimately suffer. It only takes one bad prescription to a patient to lose their ability to practice and other steep penalties. Ultimately this leads to doctors opting out of taking the risk of prescribing risky medications and choosing not to see patients who claim to have issues that are not provable.

I hope this information helps.

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Lory Says:

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Thanks, Kevin. I had a feeling that was it. You'd think this would be done on a case-by-case basis though. I'm ill and have 10 years taken off my life span just with emphysema alone. It's stupid to take me off of something that helps. I'd understand if I was young but I'm not! Very discouraging.

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