What can I expect as far as pain coverage lasting. I know it works faster but what about the long term management of pain? W#hat is the half life I think the term is?
You pretty much answered your own question,imm.release lasts 4 hrs or so if you're opiate nieve,less if you've ben on them awhile.the extended release are supposed to release a set amt of drugs in your blood stream over a consistent hourly time frame,so you don't get the "high"like you get w/ imm release,less side effects usually.But the more I learn the more I wonder,Ive read so many people absorb the drugs faster,and have to take it more often than it's normally prescribed?Guess you just need to try them and see what's best for youThere are some REALLY knowledgeable people that answer many questions here(unlike me,I know very little),so hopefully they'll find your letter!good luck you're on the right track!
I'm a Medic so I know all about this. Immediate release is released into your blood stream in under a specific amount of time depending on how you ingest the medicine. For example sublingual (disolves under your tongue), IM (intermuscular), PO (by mouth). All vary in the time frame it takes for them to "immediately" release. It could be anywhere from 10-30mins. These begin to work faster but have a short life span, meaning you would have to take more a day. Not a very good idea with this type of medicine as it severely damages your liver especially if taken for more than a few weeks. Extended release slowly releases the medicine through your body over a specific amount of time, such as 12-24hrs. Lastly, the term half life most commonly refers to RIVP (rapid I.V. push) medications. Specifically those that we give for someone havng an AMI (Heart Attack) it needs to reach the heart in 9 secs or less in order for the medicine to provide the greatest effect and us the greatest chance of saving you.
Hope this was helpful. Anymore questions feel free to ask.
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