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What are some tips for using prescription painkillers safely?

Follow these steps to take prescription pain pills wisely:
  • Tell your doctor about all the medications you take. This includes prescriptions, over-the-unter remedies, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
  • Follow the directions exactly. Don't change your dose without talking to your doctor.
  • Don't drink alcohol.
  • Talk to your doctor before you take sleep aids, antianxiety medication, or other pain relievers.
  • Keep track of your pills, and don't share them with others.
  • Get rid of unused pills. "Extra" pain pills can be dangerous to children or a target for thieves. Ask your pharmacist for directions how. Don't just toss them in the trash.

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