Prescription opioids can be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following a surgery or injury, or for certain health conditions. These medications can be an important part of treatment but also come with serious risks. It is important to work with your health care provider to make sure you are getting the safest, most effective care.
Prescription opioids carry serious risks of addiction and overdose, especially with prolonged use. An opioid overdose, often marked by slowed breathing, can cause sudden death. The use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects as well, even when taken as directed:
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Avoid alcohol while taking prescription opioids. Also, unless specifically advised by your health care provider, medications to avoid include:
Talk to your health care provider about ways to manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids. Some of these options may actually work better and have fewer risks and side effects. Options may include:
– Work together to create a plan on how to manage your pain.
– Talk about ways to help manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids.
– Talk about any and all concerns and side effects.
– Never sell or share prescription opioids.
– Never use another person’s prescription opioids.
Make sure you know the name of your medication, how much and how often to take it, and its potential risks & side effects.
Reference: Information above is courtesy of https://www.cdc.gov/
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