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Combining Plant-Based Meds and Pain Meds: It's Really Okay!

October 10, 2023

We get a lot of great questions about plant-based medicines and prescription pain medications. No doubt the KindlyMD team is always happy to answer those questions. One we get frequently is whether it is okay to use both plant-based meds and prescription pain meds at the same time. In a word, yes.

Combining Plant-Based Meds and Pain Meds: It's Really Okay!

KindlyMD fully supports the idea of obtaining a Utah Medical Card for the purposes of using plant-based medicines. But that does not mean we shun traditional pain medications. Here's how we see it: we're open to any treatment that offers the pain relief our patients are looking for without endangering their physical or mental well-being.

The Idea Is to Work with You

Our approach to pain management may be a little bit different from what you have previously experienced. We are not big fans of clinicians directing patients while expecting those patients to do what they are told without any participation in the process. That is not how we do things. We want to work with you rather than dictate to you.

Truth be told, this is one of the reasons we help patients obtain their Med Cards. Getting a Med Card opens a door to entirely new possibilities rooted in plant-based medicine. But plant-based medicines are different. They are not prescribed with the same rigid requirements that come with prescription pain meds. Therefore, we work with patients to:

  • decide on the most effective plant-based medicines.
  • figure out the best dosages and frequencies.
  • figure out the most appropriate delivery methods.
  • track the results of each medication taken.
  • modify medication plans as conditions change.

We firmly believe that patients should ultimately be in control of their own healthcare. With that in mind, we see ourselves as a partner in the effort to help patients feel better. We work as a partner rather than the 'one in charge'.

Your Results Will Vary

Getting back to the main topic of this post, it is important to note that your results with plant-based medicines will vary. Your experience will not be identical to anyone else's experience. Your experience will be yours alone.

You might find that you can completely stop using prescription pain medications once we figure out the best way for you to use plant-based alternatives. Patients experienced that sort of thing all the time. If that's what happens for you, great!

On the other hand, you might also discover that plant-based medications only help to a certain degree. You still need to take your prescription pain medications to get complete relief. That is fine too. Whatever works for you works for us.

Reducing Pain Meds Is a Worthwhile Goal

Even if you find that you cannot completely eliminate prescription pain medications from your treatment plan, perhaps you can reduce your dosage or frequency. That is still a worthwhile goal. And once again, that's the experience for many of the patients we treat. It might ultimately be yours as well.

The thing to remember is that you are your own person. How you respond to both prescription pain meds and plant-based medicines will depend on your physical health, mental health, and even the physiological characteristics that make you unique. What makes you who you are is good. Our approach is to work with whatever you bring to the table.

If you are wondering how to get a Utah Medical Card, KindlyMD can help. If you already have your card, we can come alongside and assist you with medication management, behavioral health, and more. And yes, you can use both plant-based medicines and prescription pain meds at the same time. It is really okay!

By KindlyMD
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