Every state has a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). The PDMP is an electronic database that keeps track of controlled substance prescriptions in that state.
The PDMP allows your doctor to learn your narcotic prescription history. Armed with this information, they can determine if you’re taking the correct dose for your medical condition and assess your risk for drug abuse and addiction.
In addition to assessing an individual’s risk for addiction, narcotics monitoring gives your doctor at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness the ability to develop a pain management plan that’s effective without leading to potential dependence.
Before prescribing a narcotic, your doctor at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness checks the PDMP to learn if you have any previous or current prescriptions.
They consider your narcotics history together with your current health condition, the reason you need narcotics, and the severity of your pain. Then they determine the safest dose for you.
In some cases, your doctor at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness can lower your dose and still provide effective pain relief by combining narcotics with another medication or an interventional treatment that alleviates some of your pain.
PDMP does not change the way you receive medical care for chronic nonmalignant pain or nonacute pain. Nonacute pain refers to pain caused by cancer, a terminal health condition, or a traumatic injury.
Narcotics monitoring is simply a tool to protect your health and prevent opioid addictions and deaths.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine. Heroin is the most common illegal opioid.
All of these drugs are powerful painkillers. They’re also highly addictive and dangerous. When you take too much, opioids slow your breathing and lead to death.
Unfortunately, there’s a thin line between a safe dose and a high dose, which is why the opioid epidemic has led to so many overdose deaths.
With opioids, you have a high risk for unknowingly taking a deadly dose. That’s why narcotics monitoring is such an essential part of pain management.
If you struggle with pain, you can count on the doctors at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness to help you find relief. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.