Prescribed an Opioid? Ask Your Doctor (or Dentist) These 5 Questions

Presribed an opioid? 5 questions to ask your doctor or dentist. Opioids are used to control pain. common opioid brand names include Vicodin and Percocet. Every 13 minutes, someone dies from an opioid overdose. 1. why do i need this medicine? Ask a doctor why it is right for you and how long you should take it. After a simple medical or dental procedure, some people may need just one or two doses. 2. Are there other safer options that will address my pain? Opioids are not the only option for treating pain. An over-the-counter pain reliever (such as Tylenol, Aleve or Advil) may be enough. Physical therapy or chiropractice care could give the same results. 3. Can we minimize my exposure? The CDC has specific guidelines that direct doctors to prescribe the lowest dose for thee shortest length of time possible. 4. what are my risks for addiction? Anyone can beecome addicted to opioid medications, and the risks incrase after just three days of use. Opioids are not like antibiotics - you do not need to finish the whole prescription. 2.1 million people have an opioid use disorder. 5. How does this medicine mix with other medications i'm taking? Opioids can be deadly when mixed with other drugs, especially those that treat anxiety, sleeping disorders and seizures. Never mix alcohol with an opioid pain reliever.