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Just because you are prescribed an opioid doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine can have some very serious side effects.

Ask your doctor questions BEFORE taking Opioids:
  • Why am I being prescribed an opioid?
  • Can I take this medication if I have a history of addiction with tobacco, alcohol or drugs?
  • Are there medicines/prescriptions that are not opioids that I can take instead that could help reduce or eliminate my pain?
  • Are there other options instead of medicine that will help me manage my pain?
  • Why is this medication the right choice for me?
  • Could this medicine interact with my other medicine I’m taking (for anxiety, sleeping problems, or seizures)?
  • What are the risks of taking this medication?
  • Is this the lowest dose possible? Can I have fewer pills?
  • How can I prevent getting addicted to opioids?

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Here are some safety suggestions when handling opioids:

  • Never take another person’s prescription or share your opioid prescription with others.
  • DO NOT take opioids in greater amounts or more often than prescribed.
  • Take opioids for the shortest amount of time possible.
  • Make a pain plan with your doctor to transition off opioids as soon as possible.
  • If your pain isn’t improving with your prescribed dose, follow up with your doctor.
  • Talk to your doctor about a naloxone rescue kit, which can help a loved one save your life if you accidentally overdose.
  • Safely store and dispose of any unused opioid medications to help protect your family and loved ones.


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**This tool may not identify all opioid medications. Please check with your doctor to be sure.


**This tool may not identify all opioid medications. Please check with your doctor to be sure.