At Manhattan Pain Medicine, we specialize in treating your pain while helping you come off of opioid pain medications. New studies show that patients coming off opioids actually experience less pain, which is because opioids (when taken for many months or years) increase your body’s sensitivity to pain. We also offer numerous other pain treatments, both traditional and alternative, which minimize pain and side effects.
Weaning opioid pain medication is rarely easy, but we make it a smooth transition. In many inpatient programs, patients rapidly experience withdrawal, including diarrhea and chills – this is not our model. We work with you closely as an outpatient and design a program that will work for you. Medications which minimize withdrawal symptoms are used as needed, and your medication is slowly reduced over weeks, or changed to another medication (such as Suboxone ®) which can more easily be weaned. Patients who are unable to be fully weaned may be maintained on Suboxone ®, which carries fewer side effects than traditional pain medications such as oxycodone or morphine.
Adjuvant treatments to facilitate the weaning process may include oral medications, patches, or IV infusions such as ketamine.
Take the first step in managing your pain without opioids – schedule a consultation today