I have fibro. and Ra. ... my doctor switched eveyone's meds? something about the law.? he gave me morphine 15 mg twice a day. I'm so confused why, and i am scared to try it. I believe this is wrong-no warning.geex give as time, and see if we want to find another Dr. becuase it worked for me... wiil I get the same feeling, have also been on percocet before vicodin. I don't do well on time release stuff, and excuse me but heard this was shit. and all it wil do is make me tired? can anyone help please.thank you!! Satcy
While the morphine may well make you more tired than the vicodin, you are on a low to moderate dose so you may find it works well. If you find that it causes to much side effects than you'll have to inform the doctor or change doctors. You have that right. The government is really becoming involved in controlling opiate use and making it very difficult for the pain management docs. I don't know all the ends and outs of the new guidelines but it does seem like the patient gets the raw end of the deal. Try to be patient and give the morphine a try, if it doesn't agree with you, tell the doc asap and see what happens. Then if need be you can try a different doc.
Hi Stacy, yes the laws have changed, & some doctors are afraid to prescribe certain meds that seem to already work for us. I had the same thing happen. I would try the morphine, & give it a chance to see if it works for you. They tried it with me, & I am allergic to it so they had to switch me back to vicodin. Vicodin is like one of the biggest street drugs today, & the FDA is trying to get all doctors to stop prescribing it because of that reason. It's not that your doctor is afraid you are selling yours, it's just the new regulations. If the morphine does not work he CAN write for vicodine if he wants to its just more paper work...
I'd no idea that the government was involved in getting docs to stop prescribing pain meds!!!
What about those of us in chronic pain? Are we all to get screwed by some new laws?
I also tried morphine, and it gave me horrible tummy pain, but if taken on a full stomach it may just work wonders for you! Good luck Stacy, hope it works for you!
This is due to the new REMS. They are now educating Drs that those folks who have chronic pain should not be relying on short-acting drugs to control their pain. They are finding they are too addictive in the long run and long acting preparations are better for controlling chronic pain and do not carry AS MUCH risk for addictive behaviors. They can be addicting, of course, but they do act a bit differently on the brain. Short acting drugs slam into the brain quickly and cause euphoric feelings more, where long acting drugs trickle more slowly and do not cause as much euphoria therefore are seen as a little less at risk for causing addictive behaviors. Try the morphine and give it a few days for your blood levels to rise to a consistent level. Long acting drugs work best when you take them on a regular basis to keep pain under control rather than just taking when needed like you do with Vicodin.
As far as finding another Dr, yes, you might find one to give you the Vicodin for awhile, but I think this is going to be the future of pain management as Drs become more educated in how to treat pain. Many general practice primary care types of Drs got very little in the way of long term, chronic pain management skills while in school so they treat chronic pain the same as they would acute pain. This is not the best way to treat chronic pain. I truly hope this will be a good thing for the future of pain management. Some of it will seem oxymoronic, as all governmental ideas seem to be, but hopefully it will help to keep those needing treatment able to get the treatment they need. I'm not sure there is an easy fix for the drug problems in this country, but we DO need to take steps to try to control it.
I think the advice you have been given already is spot on - I have seen this sort of thing happening so many times here on drugs.com and other groups online. It is happening across the board in our country, so do be careful not to fire your old doctor until you are certain you have a new one. If you think getting pain meds as an established patient is hard, it is much harder as a new patient who really, really needs pain meds and doesnt have a doctor who will prescribe any. And do give the new medication a good try - you may just find that constant pain control is better than the ups and downs of an as-needed medication. Best wishes -
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