And Actiq is the mediccation that have she on her feet, the pain of Total Joint Replacements is control with that. Suddenly after all this time her Doctor say that she can't use it anymore because that is for cancer patients only.She can left to take them without problem but the pain of joint replacement plus she have Fibromyalgia the pain is worse. Why that happen, I call the company that make the Actiq and say , that yes is can take for other mayor pains, but after the pain doctor say o, the insurance not covered it for her anymore. The worse part is that other med that he mentioned to her, she already has used it and is like a tylenol for a mayor surgery. Need help to understand why is this?
Well, to answer your question, Actiq is basically fentanyl, a narcotic or opiate pain killer that is like on the top of the list of pain meds. Most Pain Mangement doctors are getting away from prescribing these type of meds due to a crack down last year by the FDA & DEA to get drugs off the streets. They made up a whole new set of rules for pain docs to follow & it scared the bejesus out of a lot of them. I am a chrontic pain patient, & had to change doctors because of this problem myself. She should not be expected to stop suddendly or she will be in withdrawals.I would suggest she go to a Rheumatologist who will handle her care for fibromyalgia. I also have this horrible disease. It is very painful, but research will show that opiate pain killers don't really help it too much.Tthey make you lazy, & with fibro, a person needs to exercise, & keep moving. I know about the arthritis too as I have it also, & a rheumatologist also takes care of it. If the rheumatologist feels there is a need for opiate, they will prescribe them. I wish her luck, but do reccommend she get a referral from her PCP to a Rheumatologist ASAP. I am providing you with the link about Actiq below... Mary
- Actiq Information for Consumers
- Actiq Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Actiq (detailed)
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