Opioid and opiate pain medications, such as morphine, dilaudid, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, etc., have been used for many years to treat chronic pain. Science now shows us that these medications alone are usually not very helpful and carry many side effects. For this reason, opioids are being used less and less. Many patients find that once they stop using the opioids (under guidance of their physician), they feel more energetic and their pain is no worse (new research shows that it is often better!). Opioids do not repair the underlying source of pain and therefore only act as a bandage. They may be helpful for a short while, but in the long run, if the underlying issue is not addressed, they often only carry side effects.
Dr. Siefferman is trained to treat people who still have pain, even on high doses of opioids.
Patients on opioid therapy must agree to and sign the Opioid Agreement, as well as an Opioid Therapy Informed Consent. Breach of the agreement may result in immediate discontinuation of opioid therapy.
For those wishing to come off of opioid pain medications, there are many options for in-office detox which are comfortable and significantly limit any side effects of weaning the medication. Buprenorphine or Suboxone ® is also available for those who are unable to fully come off of opioids.