I have a lot of scar tissue in my abdomin from past surgeries. I've been on Kadian, MS-Contin before that, and MSIR for my pancreatic pain. Is there any reason I should not use Relistor?
Marc Gordon, I am sorry no one has answered your question. I don't have a direct answer for you but will refer you to a site that explains this drug, & states if you are on a narcotic pain reliever you should not use this drug. I think considering all your problems it may not be the best choice, but ofcourse this would be up to your doctor to decide...
I have Opioid Bowel Syndrome as a result of an accident when I was 18. Three of my vertabrae were crushed, all of the bones in my face, my right hip and my pelvis. Since then (1980) I have had 7 back surgeries, 2 neck and others not bone related. I have been a Chronic Pain patient under the care of a Pain Mamagement doctor since '98. I was diagnosed with the bowel problem last October and have since been diagnosed with Gastrparesis, also. Both conditions were caused by meds (mostly narcotics). I use Relistor every 3rd day instead of every other day since I don't eat much, and my stomach and bowels are so slow. My GI told me that bowel movements were neccessary (duh), so I either use the Relistor or have a colectomy. I haven't noticed any ill effects yet, but since it is a new drug, they have very few clinical tries longer than 6 months.
I plan on using the Relistor as long as possible, unless a new, bad finding comes up. It hasn't caused any problems with my stomach yet, but I haven't been diagnosed with the GP very long. Also, I have scarring on my abdomen from a laporotomy, old style gall bladder removal, insertion of a Morphine pump and one from a back surgery with an anterior approach. I do have a couple spots with no scar tissue, but you can also use your legs and your arms (if someone else gives the shot in your arm). I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but write me back if you do have anything you think I might could help with. God Bless... Selah
I have used Relistor-1-2 shots a day in the am, laxative therapy before bed as done in the Relistor study, and I also has gastroprenisis for over 18 months. With gastro., I eat every couple of hours as directed and take no meds for it. I also have delayed stomach emptying, frozen stomach, & gastric retention.(which is helped by eating the gastro. diet. I would not worry. I too have a lot of scar tissue from past sur. like you. I've been on opiods for 30 years(have tried every one to relieve chronic pain from 6 car wrecks, fibromylagia--now I'm on Excalgo ER & dilaudid IR and the Relistor along w laxative therapy is working. Even though the drug began as for cancer OIC, they found it useful for pain pts. I've read here that some people are concerned that it only had one study of four months, I am living proof that it extended my death sentencing from previous gastr for over 18 months. I read all the OIC stuff I can find and have never read anything about Relistor harming another gastro disease.
Good luck and please write back if you have more questions.
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