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Old 05-10-2011, 06:45 AM   #1
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Red hair color and pain

I have red hair and just found out that redheads require, on average, 20% more anesthesia than other hair colors (I read it could even be much higher %). There are also certain types of pain medications that work better on people with red hair color. I was pretty shocked to read that since my doctors have never mentioned anything to me about it.

For me I've noticed that medications wear off much earlier too. If something says take every 6 hours, it wears off in 4 hours for me and I'm stuck without pain relief till my next dose.

Any other redheads out there? How do you cope? Does your doctor take into account your hair color when prescrbing medications?