If you're taking pain medicine,
don’t take any other medicine, vitamin, or supplement without talking with your
healthcare provider first. Some pain medicines interact with other medicines and
supplements. This can cause serious problems.
Some prescription pain medicines
contain more than one type of medicine. For instance, you may be taking a combination of
codeine and aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. But you don’t know that, based on the
name of the medicine. This means if you also take over-the-counter aspirin,
acetaminophen, or ibuprofen, it could lead to an overdose. When you're taking
prescription pain medicines, check with your healthcare team or pharmacist before taking
any medicine you can buy in the pharmacy.
While you are taking pain medicine:
Take it exactly as prescribed. Don’t take more than the prescribed dose.
Be prepared for constipation.
Take steps to prevent it.
Don’t drive if the medicine makes you sleepy.
Don’t drink alcohol.
Don’t take any other medicine until you check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist first.
If you want to try decreasing or stopping your pain medicine, get your healthcare provider’s help. Don’t just stop taking pain medicine. You may need to slowly stop taking it. Your provider can help you plan the best way to do this.