Pain is your body's way of warning you that something is wrong. Pain feels different for everybody. Only you can describe your pain. Examples of opioids are fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone. Heroin is an illegal opioid.
A doctor can suggest or prescribe many types of medicines for pain. These range from over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen (Tylenol) to powerful medicines called opioids. Examples of opioids are fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone. Heroin is an illegal opioid.
Opioids are strong medicines. They can help you manage pain when you use them the right way. But if you misuse them, they can cause serious harm and even death. For these reasons, doctors are very careful about how they prescribe opioids.
If you decide to take opioids, here are some things to remember.
The doctor carefully considered what pain medicine is right for you. You may not have received opioid pain medicine if your doctor was concerned about drug interactions or your safety, or if he or she had other concerns.
It is best to have one doctor or clinic treat your pain. This way you will get the pain medicine that will help you the most, and a doctor will be able to watch for any problems that the medicine might cause.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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