... take that if I have pain or do I HAVE to take 1 to 2 tablets 3 times a day. It seems like a dumb question but my former doctor seems to think that I have to take the pills whether I have pain or not and has excused me from him being my doctor because I don't take the medicine unless I have pain. He excused me from being his patient because I was not taking the pain tablets as "directed". What do you think?