New Pain Medication – Don’t be fooled

Don’t be fooled – All Things Chronic

Here’s an alternate view on the announcement of a new non-addictive opioid medicationThis poster does an excellent job of tracking down the hidden agenda behind such articles that rave about the latest, supposedly effective, yet non-addictive pain medication.

I may not be a neurologist, but I can read between the lines. Researchers are trying to go around the main areas of the brain that deal with pain to target the area that deals with the “emotional component” of pain. It’s my understanding that this is how antidepressants can alleviate pain, along with other drugs prescribed off-label for pain, like anticonvulsants and antipsychotics. It’s also similar to drugs used to treat addiction.

I wish the research community was on the right path in the study of pain, but as far as I’m concerned, they’re following paths dictated by the funding they receive, which is anti-opioid. (In other words, we’re fucked.) 

An interesting read:


2 thoughts on “New Pain Medication – Don’t be fooled

  1. leejcaroll

    I think that we miss the bigger pisture when we jump to a conclusion that if its not an opiod there is a hidden agenda. At the end of the day does it matter where in the brain the medication worls if it helps manage or even get rid of the pain? (I fought against antidepressants when first prescribed because of my thinking oh its osychotrophic therefore even though they are telling me it is for the pain not psych they are trying to pull the wool over my eyes. It didnt help me, although neurontin an anticonvulsant, and tegretol also, did help with my trigeminal neuralgia pain. Do I care that they were anticonvulsants? No. they helped, I dnt care why. I dont care that it is not opiod. All that should matter to us is having more available to help the pain regardless of where in thebrain they work, or body, or how they work. what matters is that they may work


    1. painkills2

      My views have been formed by trying all those other drugs and getting no benefit from them. I’m not against anything that works, even if it’s only for a small percentage of patients, but I think patients should know the likely success of taking these alternative (and off-label) medications.

      The fact is that the medical industry doesn’t really understand how most drugs work. They don’t care either, as long as they work. Of course, they’re not the ones taking them. And the long-term effects aren’t really known for most drugs. We’re all guinea pigs, and we need to have the education to make our own choices, not rely on what doctors say.

      If you’re willing to take the risks with drugs like anticonvulsants, like a higher percentage of developing Alzheimer’s, than go for it. It’s your body, your pain, your decision.



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