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Re: Hydrocodone/vicodin/lortab/norco for anxiety? jerrympls

Posted by ed_uk on March 5, 2006, at 13:48:39

In reply to Re: Hydrocodone/vicodin/lortab/norco for anxiety? Chairman_MAO, posted by jerrympls on March 4, 2006, at 22:55:26

Hi J!

>she's told me accounts where doctors have prescribed opiates for psychotic behavior including anxiety mostly related to dementia - and the results were amazing

A trial of an opioid in agitated patients suffering from dementia seems like a very good idea to me. Many such patients are likely to be suffering from severe undiagnosed pain eg. due to osteoporosis or arthritis. Such patients cannot express how terrible their pain is......so analgesic trials are warranted if they are agitated and distressed. Antipsychotics increase mortality in elderly dementia patients and frequently cause severe side effects. Opioids, on the other hand, are often very constipating in elderly people and prophylactic laxative treatment is warranted.

Regards

Ed


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