Ask that your doctor prescribe the lowest dose and the smallest quantity you may need and find out when to call to follow up on how well it is working. Find out when and how to stop taking opioids, including tapering them.
Some questions you can ask are:
- Is it OK to stop taking these before the prescription runs out?
- How will I know if it is OK to stop taking this prescription?
- What should I watch for if I stop taking this prescription early?
- How should I taper my usage to make sure I don't have any withdrawal issues?