Long-acting opioids relieve moderate to severe long-term 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 powerful. When taken on schedule and as your doctor prescribes, they work well and are safe. But even with proper use, opioids can cause tolerance and overdose, physical dependence, or death.
To avoid taking too much (overdose):
To use these medicines safely:
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:
November 28, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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