Long-acting opiates relieve moderate to severe long-term pain. They are also called extended-release opiates. Opiates 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 opiates. They help you avoid the ups and downs in pain relief that you may have with short-acting medicine.
Opiates are powerful. When taken on schedule and as your doctor prescribes, they work well and are safe. But misuse can cause overdose, dependency, 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:
March 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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