Ken told me that the condition of his mother deprived overnight and he had to rush her to the emergency unit of the hospital. After spending sleepless anxious few hours in the emergency unit, the consultant in charge ordered to transfer her to the Intensive Care Unit(ECU).
I went to see ken’s mother to the hospital and get to know that she is taking medication long term basis for pain associated with chronic pain. Her condition deteriorated sharply after considerable difficult mental trauma triggered when Ken’s father decided to file a divorce case.
” And, I’m afraid she had overdose some of her medication, things could have been worse if I couldn’t take her on time to the hospital”
Ken’s story is just another story as one of the most critical areas for concern not only in the US but all around the world. Incorrect handling of medication can cause a lot of damage to physical and mental well-being and turn into lifelong deprived conditions.
Pain management situation in the US is considerably daunting as 2018 statistics claim over 50 million US suffering from chronic pain. The center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that more than 750 thousand people died since 199 due to drug overdose. Also in one of the analysis report detailed out that two out of three drug overdose deaths are associated with an opioid, substances that work to assist the reduction of pain.
All patients must understand what are the prescribed pain medications they are taking and it is very important patience use medication as prescribed.
Here are life-saving points you should understand before taking any type of pain medication.
1. What is my Drug name
Morphine: Often used after surgical procedures to eliminate severe pain.
• Codeine: This pain reliever is used to treat mild to moderate pain and sometimes used as a cough suppressant. Codeine is considered a Schedule III drug, indicating that it has the potential for physical and psychological dependency and abuse.
• Oxycodone: This controlled substance is prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It acts on the central nervous system to provide pain relief.
Hydrocodone: Often prescribed for treatment of chronic or acute pain. This schedule II drug can be habit-forming, especially with prolonged use.
2. What Dosage?
only safe and effective when used as directed. Any kind of misuse can be extremely harmful and can even cause death.
Patients who are prescribed medication should follow their medical professional’s advice. Never change the dosage of your medication without talking with your doctor first.
Everyone reacts to pain and medications differently. Some common side-effects are:
If you experience any negative side-effects, get in touch with your pain doctor immediately