What should I avoid doing when taking opioid drugs for short-term pain?

Travis M. Hendry, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
While taking opioid medication (strong medications that affect the way your brain handles pain signals) for short term pain:
  • Do NOT take more pain medication than directed. Even on days you feel worse, do not take a higher dose than your doctor ordered, and do not take it more often.
  • Do NOT take sleep aids, anti-anxiety medication, or other pain relievers (not even Tylenol) without your doctor's permission.
  • Do NOT drink alcohol or use recreational drugs while taking opioid pain medication.
  • Do NOT drive a car or use dangerous machinery until you know how the medication affects you.
  • Do NOT share your pain medication. Don't give a pill to a friend or family member, even if the person is in pain. Sharing pain medication is illegal and dangerous.

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