Trying to fix the problem of pain relief turns into a bigger problem of drug addiction. Opioids have highly addictive qualities that will make you feel like you cannot function without them. It is important to ask your doctor questions about the medications you are taking so that you will know what exactly you are taking for pain relief.

Why do I need to take this particular drug?

Ask your doctor why you need to take this drug. You can let your doctor know that your condition is causing you pain and you want to know how long the pain is expected to last. If your doctor is giving you an opioid, ask if there are non-opioid alternatives for the pain. Maybe over-the-counter pain relievers can be enough such as Tylenol, Aleve, or Advil.

How long should I take this medication?

A long period of opioid use can lead to dependence and addiction. Speak to your doctor about the length of time you should be taking this medication and whether it should be refilled. Ask to prescribe the lowest dose and when to call of how well it is working.

How can I reduce the risk of potential side effects from the medication?

Take your medication exactly as prescribed. If you feel like it is not working, do not take another dose on your own as that can fuel an addiction from occurring. Learn about the side effects of the medication such as drowsiness or craving for more so that when the side effects occur, you know to call your doctor or go to the hospital. For anymore information, look at your medication guide.

What if I have a history of addiction?

Let your doctor know about any history of drug use or alcoholism as well as if you smoke cigarettes. You should also let your doctor know about your family history of substance abuse.

What if I am taking other medications?

Let your doctor know about other medications you are taking whether they treat anxiety, sleep problems, or anti-seizure medications. This is important to mention as you do not want to develop a polysubstance addiction when you are addicted to more than one drug.

What do I do with leftover pills?

If your area does not have a drug take-back program, flush remaining pills in the toilet as you do not want them to fall into the wrong hands.

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