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Americans Invited to Discuss Medications for Pain and Pain Symptoms with Nation's Pharmacists
Date:9/29/2011

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of Pain Awareness Month, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) encourages patients to have an open discussion with their pharmacist about their pain and the medications they take for pain.

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Millions suffer from acute or chronic pain, and the effects of pain place significant strain on the emotional and financial wellbeing of patients and their families. According to a recent Institute of Medicine Report, more than 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and pain (acute and chronic) costs society up to $635 billion annually.

There are numerous medication therapies that can be used for treating pain. As medication experts, pharmacists are able to work with patients, their physicians and other healthcare providers to ensure the appropriate medications are used, patients understand how to use these medications and that the best outcomes are being achieved.

A few general guidelines to follow when it comes to pain and pain medications include:

  • Talk with your pharmacist about your symptoms and all the medications you are taking – prescription, over-the-counter and herbal supplements. Your pharmacist can help you select the proper over-the-counter medication based on your pain level, other medications you are taking, and the possibility of drug interactions or side effects. If your pain is severe or warrants a prescription, your pharmacist will refer you to your physician or other healthcare provider.
  • Read product labeling and take the medication exactly as directed. If you have trouble reading the product or prescription label and directions, talk with your pharmacist. They can help you understand your medication instructions and why you must follow them.  If the medication is not working as exp
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