Information & Resources

Find information and resources to help manage your pain.

Get Help & Support

Find the tools you need to
help you manage your pain.

Get Involved

Help make a real difference to people
in the UK living with chronic pain.

About Us

Find out about Pain Concern and how
we can help you.

‘Don’t lose nerve on pain drugs’, Pain Concern urges

As a sur­vey of UK drug use reveals a ‘sig­nif­i­cant increase in mis­use’ of two of the most impor­tant drugs for chron­ic pain, pre­ga­balin and gabapentin, Pain Con­cern is urg­ing pre­scribers to ensure that these often life-chang­ing treat­ments remain avail­able to peo­ple liv­ing with pain.

The char­i­ty behind the sur­vey, DrugScope, say that this wor­ry­ing trend has devel­oped main­ly among those already mis­us­ing opi­oids and in prison pop­u­la­tions. The drugs are being used to enhance the effects of oth­er drugs, includ­ing alco­hol and hero­in, and are cit­ed by drug work­ers as being respon­si­ble for an increase in risky behav­iours and over­dose among drug misusers.

How­ev­er, when used as pre­scribed for neu­ro­path­ic pain, pre­ga­balin and gabapentin are regard­ed as safe drugs with a low risk of seri­ous side effects. They are high­light­ed as ‘front line’ treat­ments for peo­ple with neu­ro­path­ic pain in the offi­cial guid­ance issued by NICE to health­care pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in pri­ma­ry care. Neu­ro­path­ic pain is often dif­fi­cult to treat so it is impor­tant that GPs and oth­er health­care pro­fes­sion­als are not afraid to make use of one of the key tools avail­able to them. Heather Wal­lace, Chair of Pain Con­cern, said: ‘While we recog­nise that there is a prob­lem of mis­us­ing these drugs among a small sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion, this should not mean that thou­sands of peo­ple are left to face neu­ro­path­ic pain – already an under­diag­nosed and under­treat­ed con­di­tion – with­out the treat­ment that can help them to lead a full life.’

Heather also stress­es the impor­tance of con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide effec­tive pain man­age­ment to peo­ple in prison and those with a his­to­ry of drug addic­tion: ‘Every­one has the right to pain relief.’

Comments

Gaber­pentin is one of my life­saver with­out it I would almost cer­tain­ly not be able to work full time as I present­ly do.
I think we need to trust that doc­tors do not pre­scribe these drugs light­ly, mine was giv­en as a last resort before I had to give up work — I was already on reduced hours but now I’m back up to full time and although I also take codeine and parac­eta­mol I now don’t always have to take the full allowance.
For some of us these are mir­a­cle drugs after years of unbe­liev­er pain.
PLEASE leave them alone.

Comments are closed.

https://painconcern.org.uk/cordless-car-vacuum-cleaner-eraclean-best-handheld-vacuum/