Morphine and tooth decay

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Can any help me with this- i have had a morphine pump in my abdomin delivering the drug to my epidural cavity for 17 years now to treat my injured back. About 3 years ago some of my tooth enamel come of my tooth, can anyone tell if this could be caused by my long term use of this drug.
ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE ON ROXICODONE OR USE THIS JUST FOR BREAK THRU PAIN.
The only issue with the methadone for me is the tooth decay. I have to go to the dentist a lot to make sure my teeth are OK. However, other than that I'm fine. I used to be on 195mls and I tapered last year down to my current dose. If you taper slowly and follow your body's signals then you should be able to come off methadone. I know MANY people who've successfully come off methadone and who tell me that it saved their lives.
Not only is it an uncomfortable feeling, but the saliva is antibacterial, so the lack of it causes more tooth decay. I had my teeth cleaned yesterday, and the hygenist said they were okay, but it sure seemed like she had to scrape more than usual. I know my hemotologist said that the interferon could cause thrush mouth, and if I got it, let her know and she had a mouthwash (her own private forumla) which she would give me. You might check with your doc about this.
Temporal arteritis, internal ear infection, TMJ and tooth decay can all cause a temple pain. Infection in the eye, glaucoma, near and far sightedness and sinusitis are the other causes. Do discuss this with your doctor and get yourself examined. Taking care of the cause will treat the pain. Hope this helps. Take care!
Doing opiates also makes people vomit a lot and constant vomiting causes tooth decay so this could also be a reason why there may be tooth decay for your nephew along with the poor hygiene that goes along with most any addictions.
Tooth decay and prescribed narcotics causing the decay have been the subject of many studies. Some researchers say the tooth decay is from dry mouth a side effect of taking the prescribed narcotics and some say it caused from the "sweet tooth" the craving one gets while taking their medications.
He said like sienna said, that low vit d could cause gum problems but not really tooth decay. anyways just a little more info.
Several new medical conditions developed in the group over the 10+ year period, such as hormone abnormalities, weight gain, tooth decay, tachycardia, hypertension, osteoporosis, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. There was no clear way to determine whether these conditions were caused by the pain, the opioid therapy, the natural aging process, or were just inherent in the patients; however, all of the conditions could easily be medically managed.
Having had two teeth extracted a week ago, I can tell you a bit about teethaches.<(JK) These tooths, JK, were soo painful, and sooo far gone, from fine, ( less than a year prior), that they had to get gone. With all the meds, we take for sx from HCV, and for sx of tx, it's a wonder that any of us dry mouthed heppers have any teeth left at all. 'Oasis' Moisturizing spray for your mouth does help alot, to prevent such rapid decline of otherwise healthy teeth.
It could be decay is caused by dry mouth which is a common side effect of opiates and dry mouth will lead to tooth decay. Another reason opiates tend to cause sugar cravings there fore the sugar leads to tooth decay. If you were to ask anyone that has been on opiates for many years they would probably say yes the meds caused my bad teeth.
A dry mouth can cause problems with bad breath, tooth decay and problems with the gums. Due to the neurological problems and a neurogenic bladder, I experience pain on a daily basis. At first they had me on Percacet, but since I was using it on an almost daily basis, my doctor recommended Morphine as it is much easier on the liver than the other pain killers. I'm very well aware of the pain that you experience from bladder cramping and spasms.
Several new medical conditions developed in the group over the 10+ year period, such as hormone abnormalities, weight gain, tooth decay, tachycardia, hypertension, osteoporosis, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. There was no clear way to determine whether these conditions were caused by the pain, the opioid therapy, the natural aging process, or were just inherent in the patients; however, all of the conditions could easily be medically managed.
2% The subjects had all been receiving continuous opioid therapy for 10 to 35 years. All were taking a long-acting form of morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl or methadone and one or more short-acting opioids for breakthrough pain or pain flares. They all also took additional medications such as muscle relaxants, sleep aids, hormone replacements and dietary supplements. Study Results Almost all of the patients (22 of 24) said their pain had permanently decreased over time.
Often it is better to loose a tooth than have that unimportant tooth continue decay and damage an important tooth. If what I think is happening in your baby's mouth is really going on (xrays under anesthesia will tell), it is best to extract teeth and not try to save them. All too often a borderline tooth is much worse than we think and damages other teeth and the body. Again, remove any damaged tooth. Bio glass - I think you are referring to a product called Consil.
It took him quit some time to regain his strength and self motivation back. He still has a hard time sleeping and is coming off of the morphine as well. Your strong girl and you keep at it, if you've made it this far you're going to make it. I am bipolar so i can identify with the depression party of it and my therapist always tells me to go for a run or walk because it gets your natural endorphines going which makes you feel a little better. I'll keep you in my prayers Shell!
not dressed for a mtg but sure wish one of you were where I could call and cuss and get it out and help. Also, my vision question and teeth question didn't get answered. Today my vision is really wacked. I can usually read all things but very small print w/o glasses, but not today! All blurr! Is this normal? Should I wait to get a new eye RX since mine is as old as 2008? Anybody else get cavities (black little spots) right next to gum line? I am not raging anymore.....scared me....
many people on long term methadone programmes are encouraged to chew gum and drink loads of water to help prevent tooth decay. My hubby gained heaps of weight on methadone too...he's 3 weeks clean now and is starting to lose the weight he gained.
such as Biotene. If this side-effect is left untreated, it will cause tooth/enamel decay leading to loss of teeth. Best wishes to you in your continued recovery.
I am 52 years old and have been taking methadone now for about 10 years slowly going down from 80mg, as a substitute originally for morphine then oxycontin; for a pain condition and was so depressed and doped up all i did was sleep and feel numb. I think I have had the good fortune to not have the impulse to increase opiate drug use, I'm not certain why and I don't consider it to mean anything other than good luck.
And I knew that eventually I would go back to shooting dope if I didn't get off the pills- I was using Oxy's, Percocet and morphine and my habit was getting huge. Then I met a great guy who was on methadone and was very happy with his life. That did it- getting on methadone seemed to be my best option. I got on the clinic again, this time on 70mg. I have now been on the clinic since March of 2004.
I have a white coated tongue and it burns and feels almost like sandpaper. My lips too are dry and cracked constantly. My mouth is very dry. I have good and bad news. The good is that it could be only a yeast infection in your mouth called thrush. The bad news is that ive been treated for thrush 3 or 4 times in my 4 year quest to get rid of this. Your symptoms sound like thrush as does mine. My symptoms have alleviated in the past year or two but it is still slightly there.
The decision to remove the implant has been postponed for now. He numbed the area and then used some instruments to scrape under the tooth abutment and put some medication (tetracycline) in the area. Right now it does feel better, though it does not explain the other systemic issues that have been ongoing. Also, what he did was something I asked for, as he does not see any sign of irritation or infection in the implant area.
I found that I had mercury in my fillings and am losing my teeth. Ironically a capped tooth fell into my hand and you can see the metals used, but I don't know what they are. Mercury does not stay in the blood, so I will have a soft tissue biopsy, but Cobalt isn't routinely tested for Heavy Metal Toxicity. Can you tell me what I need to ask for?
There might be some mention within other threads of post tx sides, but the threads mentioned might give you a good headstart of other svrs that have checked in and commented already, while you wait for answers here. I had aches and sensitivities prior to tx, they got enhanced during tx and I don't expect them to completely go away post tx, but it would be nice if they did.
I have been treated for depression since 1991 and am on lexapro and just started gabitril. The problem is that I never sleep well and have become addicted to ambien but do not know how to tell my psych this. I get the ambien over the internet and sometimes take 100mg or more at a time. How do I stop on my own? I cannot afford a clinic and I know my psych will make me go to the hospital if I tell her.
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