My father had knee replacement surgery on June 14th. He has been on 7.5 since then. He also quit smoking that same day and is on a step down patch. He is getting around very well, all the therapist have praised his recovery. I'm constantly hearing him say how he can't sleep or how his bowles are not good, how he is depressed, etc.. he says the "pain" is hardly there, yet he still usually takes a pain pill 1-2 times a day. How can I tell if he is getting addicted? He is good at telling me one thing and the doctor/nurses another and I found out he now also has sleeping pills and another 90 more percocet. HELP!! Am I being overly concerned when the doctor tells me father to take the pills for as long as he feels he needs them??
The Percocet might be behind his difficulty sleeping and most surely is behind his bowels being "not too good" as they are notorious for causing severe constipation. They can contribute to depression too. If he is not having much pain and is getting around well then he may not need them anymore. It wont be much longer and the surgeon will cut him off unless his regular Dr starts prescribing. Then you might need to have a talk with the Drs. Percocet are derived from thebaine which has stimulatory effects rather than depressive ones like morphine does. This stimulatory effect causes a euphoria, that is what "hooks" people in. They start taking them for the euphoric effects. Is he still in physical therapy? If he is still having physical therapy then he may still need to take them. PT is hard on the new joint and the muscles surrounding so he may need the pain meds to get through his PT but once PT is done, he should be healed enough to start tapering off the pain pills. If you have concerns, you can call and talk to his physician. The physician may not discuss much about your father because of the HIPPA privacy laws but that doesnt mean he wont listen to your concerns. Then he can be the one to bring things up with your father about reducing the pain meds. It is good for a Dr to have families input. He only sees your Dad for a few minutes and must make his judgements on what your Dad tells him. If your Dad is less than truthful then it is good to have the families opinions too. This gives the physician more of the "whole picture".
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