Long-acting opioids relieve moderate to severe pain. They are also called extended-release opioids. Opioids relieve pain by changing the way your body feels pain. They don't cure a health problem. They help you manage the pain.
If you take a lot of short-acting pain medicine, your doctor may give you long-acting opioids. They help you avoid the ups and downs in pain relief that you may have with short-acting medicine.
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.
If you decide to take opioids, here are some things to remember.
If you need to take opioids to manage your pain, remember these safety tips.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. You may:
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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