How long should I take this medication?

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?

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1. Why do I need this medication? Is it right for me?
2. What are the risks of using prescription opioids for pain, especially chronic pain?
3. Are there non-opioid alternatives that could help with pain relief while I recover?
4. How long should I take this medication?
5. What if I have a history of addiction with tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs? What if there is a history of addiction in my family?
6. Could this treatment interact with my other medicines, especially ones prescribed for anxiety, sleeping problems, or seizures?
7. Can I share this medication with someone else? Why not?
8. How can I reduce the risk of potential side effects from this medication?
9. How should I store my opioid medication to prevent other people from taking it?
10. What should I do with unused opioid medicine?
11. How do I view additional resources from Save Lives Kenosha?