A Challenging Trio: Side Effects, Pain Management, and Addiction
It is an unfortunate reality that up to 29 percent of those taking prescription pain drugs over extended periods can develop dependency on opioid medications in as little as 4-8 weeks. Risk is driven by exposure to opioids over time, and while it is important to optimize pain management as much as possible up front (to reduce risk of pain becoming chronic/extended use of pain medications), at least half of a person’s susceptibility to drug dependency can also be linked to genetic factors. In this article published as part of a paid partnership with Yummy Mummy Club, a guest author shares a deeply personal story that illustrates how sub-optimally managed pain can lead to dependency, and it’s devastating consequences for a family. Anna reflect son how the outcome may have been different had pharmacogenetic testing been more widely available, offered a more tailored and personalized approach to her husband’s pain management.
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