The decision to take prescription opioids is your choice. Prescription opioids can be used to help relieve moderate to severe pain when recovering from a surgery. Medications are an important part of your treatment and you should work closely with your prescribing doctor to understand the risks and benefits of taking any medications, including opioids. Knowing your options for pain management is important. Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen may be the best choice and have fewer risks and side effects. Opioid use can have a number of side effects such as:
- Nausea, vomiting or dry mouth
- Sleepiness and dizziness
- Itching and sweating
- Opioid overdose can cause slowed breathing and even be fatal
If you discuss all your pain management options and risks with your doctor and you decide taking a prescribed opioid is the best choice for your pain management:
- Understand all the risks and side effects of opioid use ( Additional resources can be found on the CDC and FDA websites fda.gov and www.cdc.gov).
- Always take the prescribed opioid as directed by your prescribing doctor and never take more than your doctor ordered, or more frequently than your prescribing doctor ordered.
- Never use another person’s prescription opioids or share, sell or trade your own prescription opioids.
- Do not take other medications or prescribed opioids from other doctors without informing them of any and all medications you are taking and any potential drug interactions.
- Report any and all medications and health issues to your prescribing doctors before taking opioids and bring the pill bottle with you to any hospital or doctor’s visits.
- Report any addiction problem to your doctor.
- The prescribing doctor will prescribe an appropriate number of pills to manage your pain. If your medicine is lost, stolen or used up sooner than prescribed, your medication may not be replaced. If a refill is required, contact your doctor’s office during normal business hours. No refills will be provided on nights, holidays or weekends.
- Properly dispose of any unused prescription opioids.
Your doctor may consult the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before prescribing you opioids.
- Our office offers an alternate to narcotic pain medication by using EXPAREL. This medication is given at the time of surgery and prolongs the numbness for 2-3 days after surgery.
- Click here for a short video about EXPAREL https://www.exparel.com/patient/video/1758?width=640&height=425&iframe=true