By Jeremy Fejfar, PharmD
Opioids cause physical changes without the person showing actions of an addict. Two of the big physical changes a person may experience are —
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However, St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, New Jersey, reported that they cut opioid use in half and three-quarters of their patients experienced pain relief when they were offered other treatments including those that didn’t require a prescription.
There is not enough research to say that opioids are even helpful in relieving long-term pain.
In fact, one study showed some common over-the-counter drugs helped reduce pain more than opioids after a year.3
Reducing or stopping opioids can help relieve pain and improve quality of life. Patients who are suffering are encouraged to seek advice from their care providers on alternative treatments.