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

ected, do not take more medication than directed or self-medicate with another medication. Doing so could cause harmful side effects. Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
  • Your pharmacist can talk to you about the goals and expectations you have for the medication you were prescribed for pain. They can help you understand the medication and how long it will take to work. Your pharmacist can work with your physician and other healthcare providers to help you monitor progress toward your goals.
  • If you are taking a prescription medication for pain, talk with your pharmacist or other healthcare provider before taking additional pain or cough/cold medication. Many prescription and nonprescription pain medications have ingredients that are the same or work the same way and if taken together could result in serious problems.
  • Talk with your pharmacist about the many prescription and over-the-counter medications that contain the pain medication acetaminophen (also known as APAP or Tylenol). Your pharmacist can help you assess how much you are taking and ensure you stay within recommended limits.
  • Your pharmacist can help you understand the possible side effects of the medications you take for pain. Many pain medications cause drowsiness, which can make driving and other activities hazardous. Some pain medications can cause constipation and stomach upset, among other side effects.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking medications for pain. Alcohol – liquor, beer and wine – and pain medications taken together increase drowsiness, impair ability to drive, and can cause many other harmful effects.
  • Talk with your pharmacist about how to store and dispose of strong pain medicines. Do not hold onto pain medication if you do not use it and do not share medications with others. Make sure to store medications in a location that is safely out-of-reach of others. According to the 2008 National Survey on
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