Cancer is bad enough. But once you have survived the surgery, are there any painkillers? Often, opioids are potent analgesics that can make you dependent on them. After two weeks, you should stop it. However, this is not the case with at least 10 percent of all cancer patients, according to a US study. They take the medicine for months and eventually they become analgesic. Analgesic dependence is particularly common in cancer patients who have not only undergone surgery but have also received chemotherapy.
The pain in cancer does not have to end. However, the patient must also be fully informed about the correct use of analgesics. Otherwise, there may be dependencies, especially in the case of opiates, which leads to more problems in addition to concerns about cancer.
Opiates, for example, include active encoded ingredients, tramadol, fentanyl, hydrocodone or oxycodone. The problem with these factors is that the habituation effect can occur, so higher doses are always needed to achieve the same effect. Also, if opioids stop suddenly, withdrawal symptoms appear.
10 to 20 percent of cancer patients take very long analgesics
The researchers at the University of Michigan wrote in the online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology on October 19, 2017 that more than 10 percent of those who receive opioids for the first time after cancer surgery (never before), and analgesics from three to six months After surgery The data were evaluated by almost 40,000 cancer patients.
The risk of addiction is greater if patients receive chemotherapy after surgery. In this group of patients, it takes 15 to 21 percent of opiates after a prolonged period of the planned period, sometimes after one year of treatment, in doses equivalent to six tablets of 5 mg hydrocodone.
Hydrocodone is avionics to relieve pain, but also to treat severe cough. “Five to six tablets per day is the usual dose for the treatment of postoperative pain,” says the study’s author, Dr. Jay Lee, a surgeon at the University of Michigan Hospital. “However, it is not unusual to take this dose after several months, especially as we are – the surgeons involved – it is often thought that their patients were not given opium only in the first two weeks after surgery and they stopped a long time ago. ” But three to six months after the procedure, opioids still take these doses and are one of the chronic users of analgesics.
Opioids in pain due to chemotherapy are not very useful
Chemotherapy can cause very painful complications that are difficult to treat. Opioids are often prescribed, although they are often not very effective in this type of pain.
Remind her that these are not sedatives for the use of analgesics, but medications associated with therapeutic treatments are curable forms of cancer, z. B. In early breast cancer, colon cancer or skin cancer.
While it is supposed to give palliative treatments for patients with incurable only the quality of life a little more, due to the short life, medium and long term side effects are no longer relevant or irrelevant are, Valalajat therapeutic are measures of the diseases are curable. Here, you should consider the side effects.
Opioids are often prescribed not only in the United States, but also in Germany.
In the United States alone, more than 2 million people depend on opioid analgesics, with an upward trend, with funds increasingly described in the last 25 years. But in Germany, but also would like to say, the problem will not be present – because of the strict rules of the law and prescription drugs (BtmVV) and the anti-drug law (BtMG).
At the same time, you can read in the book of addiction in 2017 the main point of the German addiction questions that Aloviunmingen described by German doctors in recent years has increased significantly, that is, almost a third between 2006 and 2015
Drug addiction is also the second most common addiction in Germany. Number one is tobacco, and the third is alcohol. It is recognized that drug dependence refers to the sedatives available in the pharmacy to a large extent. However, even the description of potent analgesics can often be described, even in situations where they are not necessarily necessary.
The analgesic is particularly common in cancer patients
Cancer patients are particularly vulnerable to the use of analgesics. I. First, they still suffer shock from cancer diagnosis, so they are more mentally unstable than other patients. Add to this the pain of gaseous treatments and the nursing staff, which often consists of many people and loves to lose prescription medications.
“Treating the pain of cancer is, of course, a challenge,” he says. “Opioids are an essential part of the treatment plan for these patients.” “Therefore, patients with cancer were never affected when they went back to opioid restriction.” However, cancer (curable) should not even be a free ticket for the use of endless opium.