I know the main reason people overdose from opiates is because of the increasing tolerance to the medication and the need to continue to increase the dose. While our bodies become accustomed to all of the side effects the body never adjusts to the respiratory depression caused by opiates.
I've only been on extended release opiates for a little over a year now. A few months ago we had to increase my dose. I had no idea I had grown tolerant to the MS-Contin but I was no longer having side effects and the pain had returned. I thought I had reinjured myself. My pain doc upped the med and all is well again.
Very occasionally I'll have a bad asthma attack. These last few days have been one. My last one like this was in 2003! My concern however is the effect of opiates on Asthma. Will the asthma always mean that my dose of opiates has to be very low? I am terrified that some day I'll have to feel the brunt of the pain again. (Thinking about it makes me understand why people would chance not being able to breathe!)
Does anyone else suffer from asthma, chronic bronchitis, COPD or other respiratory disease and is dependent on opiates? How do you get around the respiratory depression?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)