Pain Medicine Instructions

ExitCare ImagePain medicines may change the way you think. You might not be able to do some things safely. Take medicine as told by your doctor for pain. Do not take the medicine if you do not have pain, unless your doctor tells you to. You can take less medicine if a smaller amount makes your pain go away. It may not be possible to make all of your pain go away. However, you should be comfortable enough to move, breathe, and take care of yourself.

After you start the medicine, and for 8 hours after you stop, do not:

  • Drive.

  • Use machines.

  • Use power tools.

  • Sign legal papers.

  • Take care of children by yourself.

  • Climb or go to high places.

  • Swim without an adult nearby to help you.

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  • Do not drink alcohol until 8 hours after you stop taking pain medicines.

  • Do not take sleeping pills until 8 hours after you stop taking pain medicines.

  • Do not take other medicines until 8 hours after you stop taking pain medicines, unless your doctor says it is okay.

  • Take a medicine to help you go poop (stool softener) if you cannot (constipated). Eating more fruits and vegetables can also help you poop.

  • Write down when you take your medicine. You may get confused when taking pain medicine. Writing down the times will help you to not take too much medicine (overdose).

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You feel dizzy or pass out (faint).

  • You feel there are other problems that might be caused by your medicine.

  • Your medicine is not helping the pain go away.

  • You throw up (vomit) or have watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You have pain in an area that did not hurt before.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.