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When you hear the word “opioid,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The fact that a growing number of patients have become addicted to these types of drugs may unfortunately be your first thought. Yes, it is true that over 115 people pass away each day due to overdosing on opioids. However, its addictive quality is not the only drawback of using these drugs for managing pain following surgery. Here is a rundown on some of the lesser-known complications and side effects associated with opioids, according to Dr. Ryan Shepherd, a leading orthopedic surgeon.
First, you may feel drowsy or confused after taking opioids. Here are some other physical challenges you may experience if you take opioids, such as Vicodin or oxycodone.
- Urinary retention•
- Sexual dysfunction•
- Itching sensations•
- Difficulty breathing•
- Low blood pressure Note that these drugs have a tendency to impact children and seniors more than they do adults. For this reason, it is critical that doctors monitor these populations even more cautiously. Physicians typically begin doses of opioids very slowly and low, then increase these doses until the proper therapeutic levels are reached.Also, note that some medications might interact with opioids in a negative manner. Therefore, close monitoring by your doctor is necessary if you’re also taking other prescription medication regularly. Make sure that you inform your doctor about all other medicines you’re currently taking, including all over-the-counter medication, to avoid possible complications. One possible complication is drug overdose.In light of the challenges that may come with taking opioids, it is imperative that you have a conversation with your physician prior to taking opioids following surgery. You need to clearly understand the risks associated with opioids so that you can make an educated decision about using them, according to Dr. Ryan Shephard.
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It’s no secret that currently American society is experiencing an opioid epidemic.
This fact is especially important to Orthopedic Surgeons, who are at the current moment estimated to be the 4th highest opioid prescriber — and that’s across all medical specialties.
Now it’s more important than ever for orthopedic surgeons to avoid overprescribing opioids in the postoperative period at all cost. Read on for a few ways to safely manage pain post injury and post operation.
1.) Make a Pain Management Plan
Ideally you will be making your pain management plan with a pain management specialist — your physician overseeing your injury rehabilitation. When you incorporate the help of a trained specialist, you’re giving yourself the best shot at a full recovery without becoming addicted to pain medication.
2.) Carefully Consider Your Relationship with Pain
Medication should always be looked at as a supplement to your injury recovery and post-operation recovery. When you’re in pain, rate your pain and try to incorporate coping mechanisms and strategies that can help you manage your pain in a more practical and healthy way. Advances in medicine have been great for pain relief, but all-natural remedies should always be considered before the use of prescribed drugs.
3.) Explore Non-Opioid Pain Relievers
There are options for non-opioid pain relievers. For instance, Tylenol and NAIDs can be used simultaneously and do not cross-react. Being away of our current opioid epidemic is the first step to avoiding addiction and trouble down the road.
We hope some of this information is helpful to you in your injury rehabilitation. Dr. Ryan Shephard offers insights and information when it comes to pain management and injury rehabilitation.
In our current opioid crisis it’s important for physicians and those who are dealing with pain management and injury rehabilitation to be wholly transparent in the prescribing and use of drugs and, particularly, opioids. Since knowledge is power, we thought it would be beneficial to […]