Steps for Using Prescription Pain Medications Safely

April 26, 2021

Steps for Using Prescription Pain Medications Safely

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Prescription on pain killer medicine can help you feel better. However, painkiller medications can be dangerous for many reasons. For many reasons some people get addicted to pain killer medication. Other dangers and side effects of painkillers include stomach upset, dizziness, blurred vision and liver damage. If taken incorrectly, painkillers can lead to fatal consequences.

What Are the Problems Associated with Pain Killers?

Sometimes you may encounter with problems due to usage of painkillers for prolonged time or due to some reaction such:

  1. Your new prescription for painkiller medicine may conflict with the medicine you are already taking. You’re prescribing doctor may not be aware of other medications or supplements, which already you are taking which might create a problem for you. You may have forgotten to mention supplements to your doctor that might contradict with your prescription.
  2. You might develop allergic reactions.
  3. Your body might not have used to opioids and cannot tolerate them well. This means you are opiate naïve.
  4. When you purchase drugs from pharmacy be sure to cross check the prescription. You might accidently get wrong dose or medicine.
  5. With medicines being sold online, your pharmacy may sell you a counterfeit version of a drug without realizing it. This is a growing issue now a day.

It’s quite prelevant to always follow the proper directions about how a painkiller drug should be taken.

Mistakes can lead to severe symptoms, permanent or temporary health or organ damage, addiction, dependency or even fatalities.

The common mistakes one makes while taking painkillers are:

  1. Taking the wrong medicine may include you are taking too much or too little medicine.
  2. Taking painkillers with other drugs may cause conflicts or contraindications with drugs.
  3. If you do not take medication with meals, and vice versa, you may get sick. It depends on the direction how the medication has to be taken.
  4. Taking the next dose too early may cause an overdose. Regular use can lead to dependence and/or addiction. This might cause withdrawal symptoms.
  5. The use of the second type of painkiller may lead to levels of poisoning.
  6. Long waiting time between two doses can cause pain or withdrawal symptoms.
  7. Eating certain foods and beverages can reduce the effectiveness of painkillers.
  8. When painkiller combined with alcohol can be very dangerous. But even seemingly harmless things (such as grapefruit juice) may interfere with the pain relief effect of painkiller medicine
  9. Stopping painkillers all of a sudden might lead to withdrawal symptoms such as fast heartbeat, heavy sweating or anxiety. 

How to take Painkillers Safely?

The safety of painkillers has to starts when your doctor prescribes it to you. The following are necessary steps to ensure safety:

  1. While buying painkillers or prescribed drugs, be sure to read the label and package. The instructions written over the package will remind you of everything from drug interactions to food interactions, as well as the possible harms that may be caused by long-term use.
  2. Always inform doctor of you are taking any other medications. Because any supplement medicine can contradict with painkiller.
  3. Ask questions to your prescriber before consuming painkiller.” Like why shall I take it, how I will take it, for how much time shall I take it and how shall I avoid its addiction?”
  4. Find out which side effects are worthy of attention. Once the medication has started, side effects may occur. Ask your doctor about the side effects that should be brought to attention immediately. Severe vomiting should be reported immediately, or when your mouth is dry. If you have not taken painkillers before, be aware of the side effects because your body might not be able to adapt to these side effects.
  5. Always take medicines as directed incase of confusion always call your doctor.
  6. Painkiller may trigger side-effects but don’t stop taking it on your own. Call your doctor discuss about your side effects and do as per your doctor says.
  7. Maintain a journal of your experience about the drug.

Finally, never take someone else’s prescribed drugs or painkillers. They weren’t prescribed for you, and you can’t know whether they will conflict with some other supplement, drug, beverage, or food you have consumed

There may be other effective ways to relieve your pain that will work instead of, or in co- existence with, painkillers. You might consider taking complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options or mind-body approaches to controlling pain. or read more about how you can relieve pain without drugs.

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