Prescription medications can be an effective treatment method for patients suffering through pain. In this article, we are going to discuss why a physician may stop prescribing you specific medications and what to do if that happens to you.
Certain prescription pain medications (especially opioids) are extremely addictive. They are very effective at reducing patient pain but they are among the easiest drugs to become addicted to. This is always a concern for prescribing physicians. When prescription opioids are needed – after surgery for example – the general strategy is to start the patient off with a small amount of opioids as needed, and then slowly reduce the amount of opioids by replacing them with other, less addictive pain medications. This is likely the most common reason that your doctor has stopped prescribing you a certain medication.
Unfortunately, sometimes patients do become addicted to pain medications. When a physician notices an addiction forming, they will most likely discontinue prescribing the addictive meds. This is for the patient’s own good to avoid a serious addiction and all the baggage that brings with it. If your doctor believes you are starting to become addicted, they will likely have a conversation with you and discuss how to effectively move forward – keeping your pain at bay, while shifting away from the addictive medications. Likewise, if you feel like you are becoming addicted to a medication you are taking, contact your prescribing physician right away to discuss your options.
The pain physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have been treating patients in the Twin Cities for the past two decades. They have the knowledge and expertise to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain and offer recommendations for treatment. If you are suffering through life in pain, contact our office to set up your appointment today!