You may be ordered prescription or over the counter pain medication upon discharge. If you are taking a narcotic don’t drive or operate any heavy machinery when taking this medication.
I’m ordered different pain medications? Can I take them all at the same time?
You may be ordered several different pain medications depending on the severity of your pain. Many times the instructions will indicate for mild, moderate or severe pain. Take the medication that seems best suited to deal with the pain you are currently experiencing.
Do not take more than one pain medication at a time unless specifically ordered that way. There may be similar ingredients in the medication which could cause an overdose if you take them at the same time.
Should I keep taking the maximum dose of medication until I run out?
Your pain should gradually decrease and require less medication over time for most acute injuries or surgical procedures. As your pain decreases you may want to either decrease the frequency, or decrease the amount of your medication if you have the option of taking more than one pill at a time. Take the medication that eliminates or makes your pain tolerable. It’s important to be comfortable in order to perform your activities as instructed.
What if my pain is not controlled?
If your pain is increasing or no longer controlled by the medication please consult your physician. They will evaluate your condition and decide if any changes are needed.
I don’t like to take medication is there any other way I can relieve my pain?
There are also some ways to relieve pain without medication that may work for you. Conemaugh Health System does not necessarily endorse any particular type of therapy. Some may even be contraindicated for your condition. These can include acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, hypnosis, massage therapy, nutrition, therapeutic exercise, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), orthopedic devices, art and music therapy, visualization, distraction, or relaxation
Why does my pain medication cause me to be constipated?
Some pain medication, especially narcotics may cause constipation. This is generally due to a decrease in peristalsis or muscle contractions in your intestines. At times the physician will also instruct you to take additional medication to prevent this from occurring. Some other strategies to use involve your diet, fluid intake and activity level. If you have no contraindications on fluid intake you may want to increase your fluid intake. Watch what foods you are consuming, a large amount of dairy foods can be constipating. You should increase the amount of fiber, fruits and vegetables in your diet. Increase your activity as tolerated and permitted. You can also contact your physician to see if there is an alternative medication you can take that will not cause constipation.
This information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.