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Because I have additional surgeries next week

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Because I have additional surgeries next week for facial injuries from an accident , how long, taking pain pills every 4-6 hours, along with trazadone for a sleep aid,
could this continue w/o acquiring an addiction
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 6 months ago.
The general rule is really that you do not become addicted if you have real pain symptoms, and are not seeking reinforcement, or euphoria from the sensation of taking opiates. Some scholars argue that the problem is you keep taking the pills after the pain starts to resolve, and that is when addiction starts. But if you have genuine pain when you stop taking the pills, then you need not worry. So there is no general rule as to time, it depends on what is causing your pain and how persistent a problem that becomes. Dr Frank
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
So.....if 2 glasses of wine / cocktail relieves the pain, is that not safer than codine or morphne or other dangerous drugs?
Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 6 months ago.
Yes, overall if a glass or two of wine works, it is safer over time. Opiate effects wane and addiction potential goes up, you might want to consider neuropathic pain meds, like gabapentin. Dr Frank

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