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What does breakthrough pain mean ?

Seen this can someone please explain what it is 




  • jonisingt35r- Good morning, when most people describe break through pain, they are speaking about a short term medication for pain that is immediate.  Hope this helps you.  

  • OK I see thank you

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,562

    Many people dealing with chronic pain can use both an Extended Release opioid medication (ie Oxycontin) anda Immediate Release opioid such as oxycodone.

    The general plan is for the patient to take the ER medication since that should deliver a level sense of pain control throughout the hours and duration of the dosage.   IF between those times  you take the ER, you made need a IR .   That would be considered your breakthrough medication.  It is helping you until the next dosage of ER

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • OK thank you

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