With Opioid addiction on the rise, Reader’s Digest recently reported 13 questions patients should ask their physicians before taking pain medication.
Eugene Viscusi, MD, Director of Acute Pain Management at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, weighed in on the best practices for pain medication use. He said that ideally the patient should start with other, non-opioid, pain killers and an anti-inflammatory medication.
He noted, “The key is to use the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time.”
Though common, Dr. Viscusi said not all patients go through a withdrawal stage. Symptoms may be as minor as experiencing general body aches and pains.