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Non-Opioid Treatment for Chronic Pain Syndromes

Patients with cardiac failure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and other terminal illnesses account for two-thirds of patients in need of palliative care, and they can experience comparable pain to that of patients with cancer. Management is crucial because pain can have a devastating impact on the quality of life. Opioid-based medications can cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects such as nausea and constipation, mental status changes, hemodynamic disturbance, and respiratory depression. There is also concern about the long-term use of opioids, given the potential for addiction and abuse, as well as the possibility of opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Most non-opioid analgesics have limitations due to GI, cardiovascular, and renal adverse effects; therefore, an alternative approach to pain management is needed that would adequately alleviate pain and enhance quality of life without significant risks. Ask our compounding pharmacist about an option that can relieve pain and enhance quality of life.

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