Addiction is a common concern for
people who have to use strong pain medicines (called opioids or narcotics) to treat
fear may keep some people from getting
Pain medicine can be safely used to treat cancer pain. When taking pain medicines, work
closely with your healthcare provider. Take medicines only as told.
Taking medicines as prescribed to
ease pain will not cause addiction. Over time, some people need higher doses of medicine
to get pain relief. This is not addiction. It is tolerance. That means your body has
adjusted to the dose you've been taking so it doesn't work as well as it once did.
Again, work with your healthcare provider to take your pain medicines safely and
correctly. This helps keep addiction from becoming a problem. It also helps you get the
pain control you need.
Always keep your pain medicines in
a safe place. Never share them with anyone. Be aware that some people might try to steal
your opioid pain medicines and sell them illegally.