If you or a family member are one of the millions of adults who deal with chronic pain on a daily basis, here are a couple of common mistakes to avoid when using pain medications (courtesy of WELCOA):
Doubling or tripling up on dosage. Most pain meds take 15 to 30 minutes to kick in. Many people make the mistake of taking another dose if they don’t feel relief within a few minutes. Doubling or tripling the dose can cause harmful side effects and bodily damage. If you’ve given your pain medication time to work and you are still experiencing pain, don’t increase the dosage, seek your doctor’s advice and recommendation.
Drinking alcohol while taking pain medications. Because alcohol can adversely interact with hundreds of commonly used medications, it’s important to observe warning labels and ask your doctor or pharmacist if it’s safe to use alcohol with any medications you take.
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