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Opioids include prescription drugs like Vicodin and synthetic drugs such as Morphine to treat pain due to surgery, cancer, headache, back pain, etc., and street or illegal drugs like Heroin. Opioids tend to cause drug dependence or addiction, sudden stopping of which can result in withdrawal effects. Their side effects include drowsiness, constipation, shallow breathing, and nausea.

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Which other sedatives interact less with Valium than opioids?

Query: Hi doctor, I am going to undergo a laparoscopic fundoplication surgery after a week for severe GERD. For the past two months, I am taking Valium 5 mg for severe anxiety (mainly related to my health) three times daily. I am also taking Omeprazole 80 mg daily for several months. I recently came acro...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please convey your medical history to the anesthetist when you have a pre-anesthetic consultation. I am sure that they will be using Remifentanil infusion for the surgery. This drug is short-acting, and it does not interfere with Diazepam. I suggest you consult an anest...  Read Full »

I want to learn about treatment options for opioid use disorder.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been learning about treatment options for opioid use disorder, and I am particularly interested in understanding the roles of medications like Methadone and Buprenorphine. How do these medications work in managing opioid use disorder, and are there specific factors that determine...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Thank you for your query. Welcome to I can provide you with some general information about Methadone and Buprenorphine, their roles in managing opioid use disorder, and how they can contribute to a safer recovery journey. Methadone and Buprenorphine are both medications used to m...  Read Full »

My neighbor struggles with opioid use disorder. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am reaching out for advice on behalf of my neighbor, a 33-year-old man who has been struggling with opioid use disorder. He is mainly into methadone. Can you provide insights into the potential side effects of these? Additionally, we are concerned about the risk of drug overdose, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Actually, if he is used to opioids and it was prescribed by doctors, then you should not be worried because doctors keep watching and monitoring the drug use. They change dosage accordingly. This drug has side effects of overdose, like weight ga...  Read Full »

My father was put on opioids after his spine surgery. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, My father had a bacterial spine infection around L4/L5 which required surgery. The surgery was to remove the parts of the bone that were attacked by the bacteria, to install bolts and a small fixture to stabilize L4/L5, and to install a drain to remove the pass from the abscess. Sinc...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello,Welcome to went through your query. Based on the information you provided, it is important to note that pain management is highly individualized and should be tailored to each patient's specific needs and circumstances. The appropriate dosage for pain management can vary widely d...  Read Full »

I am worried about symptoms due to opiate withdrawal. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old female recovering from eating disorder. My body mass index (BMI) is 16. I am suffering from clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). I was diagnosed by a neurologist with migraines approximately two years ago, and have been on Lyrica 75 mg twice da...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is fine to stop Lyrica (Pregabalin). In my opinion, your symptoms could be related to apanic attack, probably caused by Topiramate adverse effects. Besides, as Topiramate can also cause kidney dysfunction. So, I strongly agree with your doctor on stopping it. On the o...  Read Full »

Is there any recommendations to fix arm pain after titanium reconstruction for multiple fracture?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a compound fracture of both the radial and ulnar forearm bones that resulted in two bones sticking out of my arm, torn ligaments and muscle, and nerve damage. I had the arm reconstructed with titanium and it has been two years since then. To this day, I still have nerve pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your complaint and seen your pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I feel sad that you had to undergo such a procedure and pain. Since you have chronic pain I would suggest you use opioid analgesics like Oxycontin (Oxycodone) an...  Read Full »

Can Fentanyl and Suboxone be taken together?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting a cardiac cath this morning. I am currently on Suboxone 12 mg, 6 in AM and 6 in PM. When I asked what they will be using to sedate, they said Fentanyl and Versed. I asked for Profol but got no answer. I spoke to a male nurse, not an anesthesiologist. If the Fenytal overri...  Read Full »

Dr. Padala Balarama Reddy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Usually, for cardiac procedure anesthesiologist will prefer Fentanyl than Propofol because Fentanyl is opioid and it causes good pain relief and sedation and there is a high probability of heart stability and the chances of losing your breath and consciousness with Fentan...  Read Full »

Can Suboxone cause bloody bowel movements and testis pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old male. I have been taking Suboxone for about ten years daily never really missed a day taking the medication. I have been feeling weak, tired, helpless, been given up on things lately. I just lost my will or drove to do anything. These are a few questions but im not sur...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have gone through hard times for quite a while, and so it is no wonder that you are emotionally and physically exhausted. I can assure you that there are doctors all over the place who also treat under-insured patients. Your symptoms can be due to the following ...  Read Full »

Can Oxycodone affect the fetus if taken during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My last period was before a month. Yesterday, I took Oxycodone 15 mg. I realized that I am pregnant today. I got a positive result on the pregnancy test. I have taken opiates for pain before two days. I am planning to consult a doctor. But I want to know whether my fetus is fine.   Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have taken Oxycodone for pain. As it is your early pregnancy, do not take them on regular basis or like every day. I do not think that it would cause defects in the baby. You can take a scan and it is too early as of now. Kindly consult a doctor for changing you...  Read Full »

If heroin-positive menses blood is mixed with urine, will drug test be negative?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is currently in recovery from heroin and my husband and I believe she is using it again. We check her UA's at home and mail the findings to a lab. We suspect that she is giving us her friend’s urine. However, I know that today she began her menses and the urine she gav...  Read Full »

Dr. Patil Pratik Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Ideally, both the urine and blood screens come positive. For more information consult an internal medicine physician online -->  Read Full »

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