Thursday, April 17, 2014

PAIN MEDICATIONS

PAIN MEDICATIONS

Everyone has pain at one time or another and we all grateful that pain medications are available. However, we all need to take them safely.

  • Take with a full glass of water or milk to avoid stomach upsets.
  • Know the side- effects of any medication.
  • Limit yourself to the weakest dosage and take for the shortest period of time.
  • Take your pain medication as soon as the pain begins, not when it is so severe that you may need more to dull the pain.
  • Do not take pain medications with and smoke, because the nicotine in cigarettes alters the metabolism of some medicine.
  • Change to aspirin or paracetamol as soon as possible to avoid becoming addicted.
  •  Try relaxation or ice for your pain before you resort to pain medication.