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Answers to Your Questions About Pain Medication Safety

Pain medication is intended to help patients manage pain during recovery from an injury or surgical procedure; painkillers may also be used to improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain conditions or other health issues that cause pain. Understanding how pain medication works and how to use it properly is a positive step toward better health for yourself and those around you. Before you leave the hospital, your physician will work with you to ensure you understand your pain medication and how to take it safely.

How Should I Store My Medication?

Once you receive your pain medication, check the packaging for instructions regarding storage. Most medication should be stored in a conditioned living space with low humidity and kept out of direct sunlight. If you live in a home with children, make sure to store medication in a place where they cannot reach or accidentally access it.

Should I Be Concerned About Addiction?

Over time, your body may become used to the pain medication dosage you are taking, requiring more to achieve the same effect; additionally, the body can become dependent on some medications, causing discomfort when you stop taking them. When you are through with your medication regimen, your physician will slowly reduce the dosage you are taking to avoid withdrawal and eliminate any dependence your body has developed.

What Do I Do With Leftover Medication?

If you have leftover medication, it’s essential to dispose of it properly to avoid potential harm to others. You should never give anyone your unused medication, even if it hasn’t expired, and avoid throwing unused medication away in its original packaging in the trash. Talk to your care provider if you aren’t sure how to manage any leftover medication.

At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we can help you manage all aspects of your health, including short- and long-term pain management. You can find out more about our hospital and urgent care center in San Jose on our website or by calling (888) 762-8881.