The Importance of Opioid Education

THE IMPORTANCE OF OPIOID EDUCATION

At Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care, it is vitally important to educate our patients on opioids; both to be aware of the risks and side effects as well as understanding how to safely take them when needed.

Often, prescription opioids are used to help bring relief for moderate to severe pain. There is a place for opioids, but they come with serious risks and why education on this subject is so important.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS OF OPIOIDS?

Prescription opioids, if not taken properly, can result in addiction and overdose especially with long term use. Even when taken as directed, there are a number of side effects to consider;

The risks are greater in the following;

Other important factors when taking opioids is to avoid ingesting the following;

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO PAIN MANAGEMENT?

It is important to talk with your health care provider about the different ways to manage pain that do not involve prescription opioids. Some of these options may even work better and have fewer side effects.

These additional options include;

If you have questions or wish to speak with one of Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care board certified physicians, please call 972-596-1059 or request an appointment online at www.tarponpa.com.

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