Do I need to worry about addiction if the doctor prescribes a narcotic painkiller to my father?

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From my experience with my father and narcotic painkillers, the side effects are horrible and if I could have had a say in what my father was being given for pain, drugs w addictive properties would not have been remotely an option for him. The meds have had adverse effects on him, memory loss, fits of anger, falling asleep at the dinner table, drooling, uncontrollable behaviours, loss of balance, slow cognition, sweating profusely, nothing about these drugs is kind, or humanitarian, they are aiding in death for my father, I'd never wish this on anyone else's family. If you have a say in your fathers pain regime,don't opt for narcotics, it's NOT a pretty demise.
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Yes there is a very likely chance that your father physiologically will start to NEED THE NARCOTIC pain drugs.
Alleviating a persons pain is one thing and there are many medications that can aid with severe/acute pain. The younger a person is the less likely they are to be prescribed a cocktail of Percocets etc. as my family doctor explained, and the older the person the more likely a doctor will prescribe a drug w addictive properties.
As I've been told by an anesthesiologist ones body becomes "used to" a narcotic pain reliever within 2 wks, the drugs initial pain relieving effects diminish and a stronger dose is prescribed to achieve the pain relieving effects of the first dose, hence the beginning of physiological addiction.
It's become commonplace that our aging community are being prescribed medications with addictive properties, I'm not a Dr so I don't know why BUT YES YOUR FATHER COULD BECOME DEPENDENT ON A NARCOTIC PAINKILLER. Anyone has the propensity to become dependent/addicted to the medicinal properties that makeup the narcotic drug. The aging community, sadly including my father, your dad are at higher risk of the prescription for a narcotic drug as opposed to a non-addictive pain relieving medication, for lack of study of the effects of these narcotic drugs in the aging population.
(I'm repeating the information about addictive narcotic painkillers as explained to me by numerous doctors)
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No.
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That's a good question. Don't know, but after 52+ years of it, so glad she did! It's only been a few months since she's been off the narcotics, but thankfully, she's no longer killing herself with that stuff. Just hope she stays off them.

Meant no offense to anyone who needs pain medications. That has to be awful to suffer so...
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I was refering to a person who needs pain medication to allivate disabiling pain. The majority of people who need pain medication, need to use these medications to help them get through the day. Once alcohol is used in the mix of pain medication- we are now dealing with a different type of pain management. Alot of elders use alcohol to self medicate. God bless that you found a good doctor to help with the meds- how did you get mom off of drinking?
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What if the prescribed pain medication affects their quality of life, pertaining to drowsiness, falling asleep while cooking & burning food, blacking out behind the wheel of a car, and still doesn't control the pain. My mom did prescription narcotics for years, and suffered rebound headaches, etc. She began going to ER for severe headaches. After 1 1/2 of weaning her off all narcotics, (with her physician's help) she is doing much better, and now rarely complains of the pain she complained of while on those meds. Strange coincidence? She almost died taking Fentynal, Codeine and alcohol mixed together. What was the matter with that Physician??? Thank God I got Guardianship, switched doctors, and that she is living without all those meds. She's only 73, and is doing fairly well, physically, but we think all those narcotics disabled her cognitive abilities.
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The answer to your question is NO. Pain management is important for quality of life. Typically pain is often mismanaged because the family is afraid that the person, "will become addicted." If the person is taking medication to alliviate the pain, then the medication is necessary. If a person was having a problem with breathing, would you cut back on an oxegen tank or inihalator because they would become dependent on it? I don't think so. Think quality of life and not worry about addiction.
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Clarification, I make sure she has the pills when she needs them & pick up the controlled substance script for her monthly. And my Mom may have other issues, but she just sleeps all the time after she takes the pills. I would never want to see her in pain. What I was trying to say, if all other alternative methods fail to releive the pain, then by all means they should have the drug, whether they get addicted or not.

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At 84 or any advanced age I say "what's the big deal if they become addicted?" Really. It certainly does more to improve my dad's quality of life than it detracts from it. Of course, proper dosage and management are key.
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I am very interested in finding out the answer to this as well, but unfortunately I think they would get addicted. A doctor prescribed oxycontin to my Mom about 5 years ago for her sciatica pain. She just recently moved in with me and if she does not get her pill at a certain time, she is in a lot of pain. She is 84 years old and is forgetfull at times. One evening she forgot to take it and she was in severe pain and did not relaize why until I asked her if she took her pill. I tried to find alternatives to releive the pain for her with steroid injections, but after two she said not more they were to painfull to get. I feel she is definately addicted to them. I think it also takes away from her quality of life. It there is any other way for the pain I would try that first. I wish you luck.

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