Information for Patients Receiving Pain Medicine
Our team works with you to manage your
pain during and after cancer treatment. Pain
control requires good communication
between you and your team.
Overdose is the leading cause of death in
Americans less than 50 years old. Our team
is here to help keep you safe.
Side effects of pain medicines can cause
harm. Take them only as directed. While
these medicines can help with pain, you
should know about possible side effects.
ξ Side effects of narcotics include:
o Overdose. This happens if you
take too much. This could cause
you to stop breathing.
o Nausea, vomiting, sedation,
itching and constipation
ξ Side effects of other pain medicine:
o Stomach ulcers and/or harm to
your kidneys. This can happen if
you take too much ibuprofen
o Harm to your liver. This can
happen if you take too much
Narcotic medicines (Norco®, Percocet®,
Oxycodone®, morphine, Dilaudid®, MS
Contin®, fentanyl, Oxycontin®, etc.) can
help control some types of pain. They can be
addicting if not used right.
Other things to know:
ξ Only use the amount that you need.
You do not need to take the full
prescription if you do not have pain.
ξ You should need to take less each
day after your procedure.
ξ Keep a log. Record the time of day,
your pain level and how much you
take each time.
ξ Always keep them locked and away
ξ Never share or use someone else’s
ξ Do not drive or use equipment while
ξ Unless you have chronic disease or
long-term side effects, narcotics are
meant for short-term use only.
There are safe ways to dispose of any
leftover opioids when you no longer need
them. For a list of local drop boxes, refer to
ξ Wisconsin: http://doseof
ξ Other states:
You can also contact your local police
station. If there is no drop box in your area,
mix the pills with either kitty litter or coffee
grounds. Seal in a plastic bag and throw in
Refill requests must be called in during
business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 am-5
pm). It is best to talk with your provider in
person about refills. This will help to ensure
that you have the best plan to manage your
Please plan ahead. It can take up to 48 hours
to complete the request. Many pharmacies
still require you to bring in a printed
prescription on special paper.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 1/2018 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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