Health Tip: Manage Pain With Opioids
-- Pain is the number one reason for why people visit the doctor, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) says.
Opioids are often used to treat pain, but they are highly addictive. Every day, more than 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose, the agency says.
The NIH offers these suggestions:
- Ask your doctor about opioid alternatives to relieve your pain.
- Make sure your health care provider knows about all other medications you are taking.
- Let your health care provider know if you or others in your family have had any problems with addiction.
- Ask your doctor how to take an opioid and how long you should take it.
- Never use alcohol while taking an opioid.
- Store opioids in a safe place out reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.
- Dispose of leftover prescription medicine quickly and properly.
© 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
Posted: December 2018
Read this next
FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2020 -- A culture of toughness and resilience is encouraged among elite college rowers, but it can keep them from reporting injuries, a new study finds. There's...
TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2020 -- Marijuana is fast becoming a favorite medication among older Americans, a new study finds. Cannabis is being used to ease problems such as pain, sleep...
FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2020 -- If you're pregnant and you think popping nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for your aches and pains is safe, think again. The U.S. Food and...
More News Resources
- FDA Medwatch Drug Alerts
- Daily MedNews
- News for Health Professionals
- New Drug Approvals
- New Drug Applications
- Drug Shortages
- Clinical Trial Results
- Generic Drug Approvals
- Monthly Update Archive
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Whatever your topic of interest, subscribe to our newsletters to get the best of Drugs.com in your inbox.