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Tips On Taking Pain Medication At Home

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In order to help you manage your pain at home, health care providers suggest the following:

  • Take the pain medication when the pain first begins.
  • Ask your health care provider what you can expect from the pain medications, including possible side effects.
  • Some pain medications may make you feel sleepy or dizzy, especially in the early stages of the treatment. For this reason, it is advised that you do not drive or operate any machinery of any kind while you are on the medication, unless your provider has cleared you to do so.
  • Some pain medications may make you constipated. Here are some methods you can try to prevent or alleviate the constipation:
  • Eat more foods that are high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables and grains.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, at least 8-10 8 ounce glasses per day (especially water).
  • Drink warm or hot liquids to help keep your bowels moving.
  • Don’t suddenly stop taking the pain medication if you feeling better, especially if you have taken it two weeks or more on a regular basis. This may cause withdrawal symptoms. Please consult with your doctor or nurse how to slowly decrease your medication.
  • Some medications may interact negatively with alcohol. Ask your provider if alcohol is allowable or not
  • If you have a dry mouth, drink more liquids, chew on gum or suck on hard candy. It is important to keep your mouth lubricated to prevent infections or tooth decay.
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