"Take with food." "Do not chew or crush." "May cause drowsiness." These are a few of the bold-print instructions or warnings you might see on common pain medicines. Both over-the-counter and prescription pain killers also come with patient information in fine print. It's enough to make anyone confused. What's more, if you have the time and discipline to go through all the text, you may still have questions.
Your doctor and your pharmacist are good sources for medication information. The doctor knows you and why you are taking the medicine. Use his or her expertise and familiarity with your medical condition to answer your pain medication questions. Your pharmacist is also knowledgeable about side effects and precautions with medications.
Be sure to bring all your medications at every doctor visit as well as a list of questions. And it's important to let your doctor know about any supplements, vitamins or herbals that you use.
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