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Old 11-06-2017, 04:30 AM   #1
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medicine question


I have been diagnosed with cancer and the doctor is willing to prescribe an Opiate but I read online of people having tolerance to Opiates.

So I ask you if you are on Opiate medicine, do you notice any tolerance to it?. Does it still work?. And where you taking it every day.
And what dose are you taking?

Any help regarding this is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:36 AM   #2
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Re: medicine question


If you are prescribed an opiate like Morphine you will develop tolerance. Every person is different. The wonderful thing about opiates is you can always increase the dose as needed and get pain relief. With other drugs you have what is called a ceiling effect. Im thinking of drugs like Ibuprofen (brand name Motrin). You can increase the dose of Motrin to say 800mg three times a day and get more pain relief, but increasing the dose more will give you greater side effects with no greater pain relief. With opiates you can keep on raising the dose as needed.

An effective way of using morphine is to use a dose of slow release Morphine every 12 hours whether you are in pain or not. I think this slow release form is called MS Contin.
Should you feel pain while on this continous Morphine Slow release therapy, called breakthrough pain, you can be given a dose of quick acting Morphine as needed.

I hope this helps a bit

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Old 11-14-2017, 03:43 AM   #3
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Re: medicine question

Am wondering, why an Opiate? Severe pain??
Suzan W.
age 54 at diagnosis
5/05 suspicious mammogram-left breast
5/05 biopsy-invasive lobular carcinoma with LCIS,8mm tumor,stage 1 grade 2, ER+ PR+ Her2+++
6/14/05 bilateral mastectomy, node neg. all scans neg.
Oncotype DX-high risk
8/05-10/05 4 rounds A/C
10/05 -10/06 1 yr. herceptin
arimidex-5 years
2/14/08 started daily self administered injections..FORTEO for severe osteoporosis
7/28/09 BRCA 1 negative BRCA2 POSITIVE
8/17/09 prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy
10/15/10 last FORTEOinjection
RECLAST infusion(ostoeporosis)
6/14/10 5 year cancerversary!
8/2010-18%increase in bone density!
no further treatments
Oncologist says, "Go do the Happy Dance"
I say,"What a long strange trip its been"
'One day at a time'
7-16 to 9-16. Extensive (and expensive) dental work done to save teeth. Damage from osteoporosis and chemo and long term bisphosphonate use
7-20-16 Prolia injection for severe osteoporosis
2 days later, massive hive outbreak. This led to an eventual dx of Chronic Ideopathic Urticaria, an auto-immune disease from HELL.
still suffering from CIU. 4 hospitilizations in the past year

as of today, 10-31-17 in remission from CIU and still, CANCER FREE!!!
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