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Re: opioid side effects, esp. constipation okydoky

Posted by Crotale on July 27, 2008, at 21:11:48

In reply to Re: opioid side effects, esp. constipation, posted by okydoky on July 27, 2008, at 20:24:34

> I'm not on a lot of morphine. It is time release an I do not know the equivalent dose of regular morphine. Avinza 90mg.

The total daily dose would be the same for immediate-release morphine. I wish I knew the equivalent for parenteral [injected] morphine. I take buprenorphine (approximately 0.2mg (= 2/3 mL) q.i.d.) by deep intramuscular injection. The equivalent dose of morphine - IM - is supposedly 0.3mg bpn = 10mg morphine. But again, that is IM morphine, not oral. (Buprenorphine is not absorbed orally.)

> I have not seen a pain specialist yet. My first appointment is on August 4th. My pdoc originally prescribed and the last few years my urologist has been prescribing my pain medications.

Urologist should definitely be able to help with the constipation! What I should have said was "call the prescribing doctor." Sorry about that.

> Inoticed the oats help me more than any other food but I can only eat so much of it.

I'll try and find the name of those cereal bars I like to munch on (I'm mostly veg too). They're really high in fiber, I think they even have "fiber" in the name. You might check out Kashi cereals and cereal bars, those are tasty IMO and a lot of them are high in fiber. I'll try and find some other high-fiber foods and drinks when I get to the grocery store. (I remember there was a very high-fiber fruit drink I used to be able to get, until the local market stopped carrying them, argh.)

In the meantime best of luck to you! Let me know if there's any other way I can help. I know what a pain in the *ss (so to speak) constipation can be!

-Crotale


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