Opioids are an important part of pain management. However, as opioids come with potential risks it is important to adhere strictly to the medication instructions given by your doctor.
The dose of your drug may need to be altered to treat your pain, if you find the pain persisting despite the maximum prescribed dose please consult your doctor, otherwise do not exceed the prescribed dose.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses at once. Otherwise if you miss several doses in succession or are uncertain how to restart your medication consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose include: extreme sleepiness, slow or no breathing, very small pupils and a very slow heartbeat. In the event that you or somebody you know who is taking opioids experience any if these symptoms consult your doctor immediately; phone 995.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, intend to get pregnant or are breast-feeding.
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