Pain Medication for Your Comfort
You may have some pain or discomfort after surgery. Pain medication will help you feel better and you’ll heal more quickly. It helps you move around more comfortably. Take it only as directed, before pain becomes severe. Don’t take it more or less often than you have been instructed. Taking it before bedtime may help you sleep.
You will likely be prescribed both NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen (Advil) and a narcotic/opioid pain medication such as Oxycodone. You may wish to take the least potent medication to alleviate the degree of pain that you feel. With that said, taken as directed, the latter is not addictive; however you should notify your doctor if you have had any prior addiction problems or concerns.
- Don’t drink alcohol while on pain medication. Taking both at once can make you dizzy, slow down your lung function and can even be fatal
- Don’t drive or use heavy machinery or power tools, because narcotic pain medications can make you sleepy or impaired
- Ask your doctor before taking other medications, herbs or vitamins as they may have interactions with your medication
- Pain medication may cause constipation. Avoid laxatives unless they have been prescribed for you. Instead, increase your fluids and fiber. Tell your surgeon if you have stomach pain, nausea, skin rash, itching or hives.
Ask your doctor about other ways to control pain, such as heat, ice and relaxation techniques. Follow any instructions your doctor or nurse have given to you.