Be Careful When Using Prescription Medications

Truth be told, prescription medications can be an effective and safe way to get rid of pain after certain dental treatments. However, these can be dangerous and can be fatal if they are used incorrectly and illegally.  There are a lot of people who have dangerous and fatal encounters rooted from an overdose of prescription pain medications and most of these can be tracked down to the abuse of opioid abuse.

Basically, opioids are narcotic painkillers like hydrocodone and commonly known as oxycodone, codeine, and morphine, which requires a prescription from a doctor or dentist. These are essentially safe if they are prescribed for you and if taken properly for pain management. This raised the need to rise up about the opioid pain medication abuse and the need for increased provider training and also improved access to medication-assisted treatment.

If you are prescribed an opioid medication by your dentist after a dental treatment or procedure, you can ask them the following questions:

•    What is the objective of taking the prescribed opioid medication?
•    When should I take the prescription?
•    What is the proper way of taking these drugs?
•    How long should I continue on taking these?
•    What should I do with any extra medications that I have at hand?
•    Are there any risks for me when I take this drug?
If yes, what are the risks? And, will the benefits out weight the risks?

There are also other pain kills that you need to consider as well such as the over-the-counter medicines, such ibuprofen and acetaminophen. These are effective pain reliever after dental procedures. You need to update your health history form before any dental procedure so that the dentist can decide what course of action is right for your case. It is also important to talk to your dentist about any medications that you are currently taking. Feel free to ask any questions or voice out your concerns. Also, if you are in recovery or struggled with substance abuse in the past or currently dealing with them, you need to let your dentist know about this. It is so that they can take the right course of action in line with your condition.


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