Opiate Agonists

What are alternatives to opioid pain medication?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Pain medicine is a slippery slope for most. Both doctors and patients should give serious consideration to using holistic alternatives if possible, including meditation, physical therapy, nutrition and fitness prior to starting these medications.
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  • ATravis M. Hendry, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Intermountain Healthcare
    Depending on your pain condition, alternatives to opioid pain medication can include:
    • Non-opioid medications that reduce pain
    • Physical or occupational therapy
    • Psychological counseling
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Support groups
    • Exercise, weight loss, or other lifestyle changes
    • Medical procedures such as injections
    These strategies can also be used along with opioid medication.
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