How can I reduce the risk of potential side effects from this medication?

Take your medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you are still feeling pain, call your doctor; do not take an extra dose. Learn to identify serious side effects so you and your family know when to call a doctor or go to the hospital. Ask your pharmacist if your prescription comes with a Medication Guide (paper handouts that come with many prescription medicines) for more information.

Good questions to ask include:

  • How will I know if I am having a side effect from this prescription?
  • What should I do if I think I am having a bad reaction?
  • What should I do if I don't feel like the prescription is working?
  • Is there anything I can do to make sure I don't get any of the side effects?

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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?