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Non-Opioid Pharmacology Specialist

The Wellness Institute -  - Internist

The Wellness Institute

Internist & Medical Cannabis Specialist located in Fort Myers, FL

Non-opioid pharmacology provides a safe, effective treatment alternative to prescription opioids. Expert internist Jean-Jacque Vel, DO, and the team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Florida, regularly use non-opioid pharmacology to ease chronic pain and improve their patients’ quality of life. To see if you can benefit, request an appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Non-Opioid Pharmacology Q&A

What is non-opioid pharmacology?

Non-opioid pharmacology is a branch of medicine that uses holistic, natural medications to limit pain and discomfort caused by conditions such as arthritis, sports-related injuries, and migraines. 

In the past, many pain-related conditions involved treatment with prescription opioids. However, these medications are incredibly addictive and difficult to wean off of. Non-opioid pharmacology provides a safer treatment option with minimal side effects and no risk of addiction.

What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is an active compound found in the marijuana plant. CBD is non-psychoactive but offers many of the same benefits as traditional medical cannabis. This allows patients to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without getting “high.” 

What conditions can non-opioid pharmacology help treat?

At The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers, the team regularly uses non-opioid pharmacology to address uncomfortable symptoms associated with a range of health problems, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Addiction
  • Schizophrenia

It’s also an effective anti-inflammatory, so you might benefit from treatment with non-opioid pharmacology if you have arthritis, a herniated disc, or you regularly experience migraines.

In addition, there’s evidence to suggest non-opioid pharmacology can ease the symptoms associated with certain seizure disorders like epilepsy. 

How do I take non-opioid pharmacology products?

The team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers offers non-opioid pharmacology in several different forms, including:

  • Oils
  • Tinctures
  • Creams and lotions
  • Capsules and pills
  • Edible gummies
  • Vaping 

Your doctor will work with you to determine the proper dosage and frequency. 

Are CBD products safe?

CBD products are safe and well-tolerated, but it’s important you use them under the guidance of a qualified medical professional. At The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers, the team uses prescription-grade products. This ensures they’re free of pesticides, toxic metals, and THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana). 

Am I a candidate for non-opioid pharmacology?

To determine if you’re a candidate for non-opioid pharmacology, make an appointment with the team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers. Following a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms and goals for treatment, your provider can develop a custom treatment plan to align with your individual needs.

To request your non-opioid pharmacology appointment at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers, call the office or use the online scheduling tool today.