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Is Kratom Safer Than Oxycodone For Pain Management?

kratom vs. oxycodone

People who experience pain tend to look for an alternative that they think would provide them the relief that they need, while at the same causing fewer adverse effects with long term use. Oxycodone has risen as one of the default drugs used for pain treatment, but the controversial substance called kratom is slowly taking some of the glory. In fact, some people have become curious as to whether the plant-based substance is a lot safer than oxycodone.

Treating Chronic Pain Using Oxycodone

Chronic pain is a type of body sensation that lasts for months. Knowing which medicine to use for chronic pain depends on the following:

  • Duration
  • Severity
  • Cause

It has become common for oxycodone – listed under Schedule II – to be prescribed for people who experience moderate to severe pain. It is given for round-the-clock treatment to ensure that the patient is immediately relieved from pain and that there is little to no window of possible pain in between treatments.

However, prolonged used of oxycodone may be habit-forming. It can eventually turn into addiction that may lead to overdose or even death. Worse, immediately stopping oxycodone use may result to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

The Rising Trend of Kratom For Pain Management

Some people have resorted to using kratom to help with chronic pain. At present, kratom is not listed among the controlled substances.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently asked the public regarding their opinion on a proposed kratom ban with the hope that it can finally decide if kratom should be listed as a Schedule I drug. The verdict: Almost all of the respondents opposed the ban.

According to Dr. Anace Said, a board-certified internist at the Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, Connecticut, the plant drug is much safer than some of the medically prescribed drugs. He has used it in treating patients with drug addiction and mentioned in a news article that a few of his patients have stopped using opioids and are now stable and use individualized dose that the patient decides on.

The only downfall of it is that using kratom may take the control away from the doctors, government agencies and drug companies. He added that there have been no recorded deaths among those who have used kratom.

Final Word

Kratom may be more favorable than using oxycodone because of its effects that are not as unfavorable as oxycodone. Despite this, further studies still need to be conducted to determine the safety and therapeutic benefits of kratom.

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