You Have Options for Safely Managing Your Pain

You Have Options for Safely Managing Your Pain

Lee esto en EspañolThere are many ways to treat pain so that you can enjoy a better quality of life. Learning your options can help keep you safe while still allowing you to do what matters to you.

Start by talking to your doctor about ways to manage your pain leaving site icon that don’t involve prescription opioids, leaving site icon says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of the other methods may even work better than opioids. And they won’t have the risks and side effects that come with these strong prescription medicines.

Safer Options

Based on your particular pain type, your non-opioid pain management options may include:

  • Taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Exercising and losing weight
  • Using cognitive behavioral therapy to learn how to alter the physical, behavioral and emotional triggers of pain
  • Starting exercise therapy
  • Using targeted injections

Alternatives to Medicine
You may also want to explore other types of treatments that don’t involve medicine. There are many alternative treatments leaving site icon that may help, such as:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
Medicine Safety: You Play an Important Role

If you are considering opioids, there is a risk of misuseleaving site icon It’s vital to know your role in medicine safety:

  • Work with your doctor to make a plan to manage your pain. Having one main doctor to coordinate and manage all of your care helps.
  • Consider ways to manage your pain that do not involve opioids.
  • Talk to your doctor about all medicine side effects, potential negative interactions and other concerns.
  • Follow up with your doctor regularly.
  • Be aware of the effects that opioids have on your bodyleaving site icon

Always Follow Directions

  • Never take prescription opioids in greater amounts or more often than prescribed.
  • Don’t take opioids with alcohol and other substances or medications. It is not safe to mix opioids with other drugs. Even some over-the-counter medicines can be dangerous if taken while you’re taking opioids.
  • Do not share or sell your prescription opioids.
  • Store prescriptions in a safe place. Make sure they are out of reach of others, such as children and guests.
  • Get rid of unused medicines the right way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers detailed information on how to safely dispose of medicineleaving site icon

Sources: Safely and Effectively Managing Pain Without Opioids, leaving site icon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2021; Know Your Options, leaving site icon CDC, 2019; Opioid Basics, leaving site icon CDC, 2021; Prevent Opioid Misuse, leaving site icon CDC, 2020; Managing Your Pain: Which Approach Is Right for You?, leaving site icon Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Safe Disposal of Medicines, leaving site icon Food and Drug Administration; Prescription Opioids and Heroin, leaving site icon University of Missouri-Kansas City
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