Pain Medication Management
May 30, 2018 08:41AM ● Published by Dia
What is pain medication management?
More than 100 million adults in America suffer from pain that disrupts their everyday life. There are proper and improper ways to manage this pain — no conversation about pain medicine is complete without touching on the risk of opioid addiction.
However, it is also important to get the medication that your situation requires. Managing pain medication correctly will limit the potential risks while still allowing for relief from the pain that is limiting the quality of your life.
Common types of pain medication
There are two main categories of pain medication: over-the-counter and prescription.
Over-the-counter medications include:
Prescription medications include:
Signs of addiction
It is important to recognize signs that indicate when you or a loved one becomes addicted to pain medication. This is different from dependence, which causes withdrawal symptoms when the medicine is no longer present in the body. This is also not the same thing as tolerance, which refers to the same dosage becoming less effective over time.
Addiction is a psychological condition and presents itself as a risk in individuals who take opioids for an extended period of time. This risk is dramatically reduced when pain medication is taken as directed, but can increase if addictive behaviors are present in your past or that of a family member.
How to prevent addiction
It is crucial to use opioids as they are intended, under proper medical supervision and for as short a period as possible. Your doctor should be made aware of any personal or family history of addiction or if you become worried about needing higher doses to achieve the same amount of relief.
There are also options to reduce your pain and therefore use of pain medication such as physical therapy or alternative medicine.
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