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Pain expert slams PHL Media for 'political propaganda' over Duterte's Fentanyl medication

Debunking Rappler, Abs-Cbn, Inquirer and Raissa Robles' political propaganda.

Mareng Raissa, if you're reading this, then fuck you po! :*

Basa!


Here's Dr. Rowena Burden's full post.

As a board certified pain management physician, I know a lot about Fentanyl. Simply being on Fentanyl does not automatically make you addicted to it. In fact, I prescribe this medication to some of my patients. Most people who are on Fentanyl are not addicts. Addiction is merely one of its many potential risks. Other risks include allergic reactions, cognitive dysfunction, hyperalgesia, and even death. But these risks do NOT affect the majority of patients who are on the medication. We have to remember that ALL medications carry risks (check their package inserts) and they range from the benign (e.g. itchiness) to the scary (e.g. anaphylactic shock, addiction). But these potential risks and side effects do not stop us doctors from prescribing medications to the appropriate patient. That is because, if and when we prescribe, we make sure that a medication's potential benefits outweigh its potential risks.

Take the case of Pres. Duterte. Here is a highly intelligent, well accomplished man who has worked all his life. He is 71 years old and now suffers from a debilitating type of chronic pain. His risk of getting addicted, overdosing or dying from a low dose Fentanyl patch is so unlikely that it is definitely outweighed by the potential benefits of pain relief, improved functionality and a better quality of life. His other options would have been spine surgery (something that also carries its own risks and that he is adamant about NOT wanting to undergo) and spine-based injections (something that I presume has not been offered to him yet although I could totally help him in this regard). So he is is left with one option: medications. Thus, as a pain expert, I think that a low dose Fentanyl patch for President Duterte is perfectly appropriate. Therefore, this news report is really much ado about nothing. I can't help but question its intent.

To me, it seems like political propaganda disguised as journalism.
Pain expert slams PHL Media for 'political propaganda' over Duterte's Fentanyl medication Pain expert slams PHL Media for 'political propaganda' over Duterte's Fentanyl medication Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 1:20:00 PM Rating: 5

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