Pain Medication Following Surgery
Please take your pain medication immediately following surgery. We strongly believe it is better to “prevent pain” following surgery than to “chase pain. Often, the first three to five days can be the most painful. We do not advocate excessive pain medication but find the majority of of our patients to not become addicted to short-term usage.
If your medications do not seem to be helping you or if you have any unexpected reactions, please call our office immediately. Usually the pharmacist will place an instruction sheet on the medication prescribed and possible reactions and the pharmacist can be an excellent source of information. We do want you to call us and not wait until the next business day – call immediately. It may be possible you will need a change of medication, an addition to the prescription or need to be seen. Thus, we will need to discuss this with you. If you are having a reaction that could be life-threatening (i.e. difficulty breathing, increased heart rate), please go to the Emergency Room or call 911.
The first step in refilling prescriptions is to call the office during regular business hours, Monday – Thursday from 8:30 -4:30. Please remember, prescription refills often take 24 hours to obtain approval, so please call a few days in advance BEFORE your prescription is empty. When calling the office, tell the person answering the telephone you need a prescription refill. At that time, you may speak with a medical assistant or leave them a voicemail message. You will need to provide the patient name and date of birth, prescription needed and the pharmacy name/location and who you are calling and a number where you or the patient can be reached. Please speak clearly so we may identify the patient. Please note, prescriptions are not refilled after hours, on Fridays, on weekends or holidays. Please read our narcotics policy below.
Policy on Narcotic Drugs
Our office, to include the physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, does not routinely prescribe narcotics. Narcotics are highly addictive. Prior to or immediately following surgery, a patient may receive a pain relieving medication for a specific period of time. If your condition warrants surgery, we will do so and provide medication immediately following surgery. However, we want you to wean off the pain medication as soon as possible. Taking pain medications over a long period of time will reduce the effectiveness of the medication. We realize some medical conditions may have permanent pain and the patient must learn to tolerate the pain rather than rely on pain medications. If you feel the need for additional pain medication after utilizing the initial pain medication following your surgery, we will refer you to a physician specializing in the treatment and management of pain.
Our holidays are typically: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve at noon.
If the holiday itself falls on a Saturday, we are closed the Friday before and if the holiday falls on a Sunday, we are closed the following Monday.
Our office does not prescribe the following extremely addictive narcotics: