Pain Management (cont.)
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Side Effects of Pain Medicines
All medicines have side effects. But many side effects can be managed so that you can still take the medicine. Talk to your doctor if you have any side effects. Your doctor may change your dose or the type of medicine you take.
Examples of side effects of over-the-counter medicines
Examples of side effects of prescription medicines
If you take opiate pain relievers for longer than a week or so, they can cause your body to keep expecting the medicine. This is called drug dependency. This is not the same as addiction.
Addiction is a behavioral problem that happens when a person has a craving for the drug. This craving may not even be related to the level of pain. But opiate pain relievers rarely cause addiction when they are used under a doctor's care. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about addiction.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, a person taking antidepressants should be watched for warning signs of suicide. This is especially important at the beginning of treatment or when the doses are changed.
For more information, see the topic Dealing With Medicine Side Effects and Interactions.
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