Have you been prescribed Opioid for postoperative pain?
The following are important:
- Never share opioid medications with others.
- Store opioids in a safe place. Keep out of reach of children, teenagers and pets.
- Ask about other options you can use to treat your pain.
- Take any unused medicines back to the pharmacy where they were dispensed for safe disposal. If you have any questions, talk with your pharmacist.
- You have been prescribed opioids. What do you need to know?
Although opioids reduce pain, they do not eliminate all pain. Ask your prescriber about other ways to reduce pain, including ice, stretching, physical therapy, or the use of non-opioid medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If you know your pain management plan but your pain doesn't improve, work closely with your prescriber.
- How long will you use opioids?
As you recover from a surgical wound, the pain will improve day by day. The better, the less opioids are needed. You can discuss with your healthcare provider how and when to reduce your dose.
- How much is it used at the proper dose? What should I be careful about?
If possible, reduce the amount and time of use as much as possible. Inappropriate use of opioids can lead to overdose and addiction. Avoid alcohol and sleeping pills (such as benzodiazepines such as lorazepam, midazolam) while taking opioids. Do not drive while taking opioids.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects include sedation, itching, constipation, nausea, and dizziness. If there is severe dizziness or if the patient is unable to stay awake during the guardian's observation, the guardian should contact the health care provider.
- How do I follow up pain?
If pain persists after opioid use, ask your prescriber when the pain will improve. If your pain does not improve as expected, let your health care provider know.