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“Do I need to finish my medication if I already feel better?”
“How soon can I start exercising after having surgery?”
“Do I really need to take that pill on an empty stomach?”
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I hurt my back and my doctor prescribed pain medication. Aren’t they addictive? How do I make sure I don’t get hooked?
Answer from Express Scripts Canada Pharmacist, Kim Rae:
You’ve probably heard about the opioid crisis. Opioids like oxycodone, hydromorphone and fentanyl are highly addictive and prone to abuse and overdose. In fact, opioids are now responsible for more deaths every year than cocaine or heroin.
If you take opioids for a short period of time and follow your doctor’s directions, the risk of addiction and other negative consequences is likely fairly low.
Here are a few things you can do to help avoid addiction and abuse issues when taking opioids:
If you need opioids for temporary pain, and you follow your doctor’s directions, you are not likely to become addicted. Studies suggest that most addicts first took opioids for non-prescribed reasons, possibly looking to get high, then inadvertently became dependent on the drug. So, always make sure your medication is locked away. Learn how to safely dispose of your medication when you no longer need it.
Until next time, I'm Kim Rae and this has been 'Ask the Pharmacist'.
I wish you good health.
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