Horizant Pain Medication Vs OpiatesUpdated
Hi...old pain dr retired had me on 30 mg oxycodone ir 3 x day ...morphine xr 60mg 3x day and butrans 10 mg e7d new pain doc stopped morphine. Kept tbe oxy tbe same and uped my butrans 2 20mg e7d and for breakthrough pain prescribed horizant 300mg 2 x day.wtf that's nothing my old doc also had ne on lyrica 75mg 3 x day Celebrex 1 daily baclofen 10mg 3 x day. My concern is wtf is he thinking for breakthrough pain that's a bunch of crap....any ideas he just gave me my 1 epidural to lower bulging discs. I have 7 and chronic knee pain after knee replacement too...
Hello, Dave! How are you? I'm very sorry that you're in so much pain.
Unfortunately, your new doctor is doing what they've been directed to do by the DEA. They are supposed to limit patients to no more than the equivalent of 120mgs of Morphine a day and some states have lowered it even further to only the equivalent of 100mgs a day, except in cases where someone has intractable pain caused by a possibly fatal condition, such as stage 4 cancer.
The FDA classifies this medication as a narcotic analgesic, so it has the potential to be habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation.
Many people are having to deal with the same thing and they are mad and miserable. I wish I had better news for you, but I do not.
How long have you been taking the Horizant? It can help with some types of nerve pain, but similar to the Lyrica you were taking, it takes 4 to 5 weeks, before it will reach its full level of efficacy in your body to see if it helps.
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