Opioids can be used to help ease moderate-to-severe pain. They are often prescribed after a surgery or injury, or for certain health conditions. These medicines can be an important part of treatment, but also come with serious risks. Work with your health care provider to make sure you are getting the safest, most effective care.
Opioids have serious risks of addiction and overdose, especially with long term use. An overdose, often marked by slowed breathing, can cause sudden death. Opioids can have side effects, even when taken as told.
Do not drink alcohol while taking opioids.
Do not take the following drugs, unless told by your health care provider.