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Prescribed norspan for pain associated with end stage emphesemia and blockage in aorta. Will it reduce pain ?

my husband has been perscribed norspan today for pain associated with end stage emphesemia and blockage in the aorta in the heart [ cant clear the blockage because of the condition of the lungs,he had a heart attack 3 weeks ago and has had a lot of pain in chest ,back and stomach since ,,will norspan ease his pain hope you can answer my question
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Norspan (buprenorphine) is indicated for moderate to severe pain which includes chronic severe disabling pain, particularly non-cancer pain which does not respond to milder analgesics. It is from the same family of morphine-type drugs, and carries the same risks and side effects. One of the issues of these medications is tolerance over time, meaning that the pain receptors in the body get used to the dose and need more to see the same effect. A multimodal pain relief-approach, including other adjuvant techniques such as relaxation, manipulation, accupuncture, and regular activity as tolerated can help gain quality of life for him.

Hope he feels better and this helps,

Dr Brenes-Salazar
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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