Pain medications are an important part of you care. We want to ensure that you are on an appropriate medication regimen for your specific pain. All patients who are prescribed narcotic pain medication must sign a narcotic agreement with The Center for Interventional Pain Management. This agreement is to ensure that we are the only physicians prescribing you pain medication, and that all narcotic pain medications are filled at a designated pharmacy. This will provide greater relief from the pain and also help prevent possible serious drug interactions. If you break this agreement, you will no longer be prescribed narcotic pain medication from the Center for Interventional Pain Management.
The Center for Interventional Pain Management does not view running out of pain medication to be an emergency. You are responsible for taking your medication in the manner in which it is prescribed. No refills or medication changes will be given after hours, on weekend or holidays. Narcotic pain medications will not be refilled without physically seeing you in the office, on at least a monthly basis. Please remember, it is your responsibility to monitor your medication usage and to plan for your follow-up visit if you need a refill.
- Unless specifically stated otherwise, all prescriptions are written as a full thirty-day supply. If you have been prescribed a narcotic pain medication on an as needed basis, it must last you a full thirty days, the instructions on the bottle are the maximum permitted amounts, you should ration your medication to last a full thirty days.
- Don not take medications other than prescribed without consulting your health care providers. Even over the counter medications, such as Benadryl or Tylenol, can significantly interact with prescribed medications and cause serious complications.
- Do not combine sedatives or anti-anxiety medications with alcohol or with pain medications.
- Do not use pain medications as sleeping aids.
- Never give your pain medications to someone else.
- Do not suddenly stop taking your pain medications.
- Make a full list of all medications you are taking, including any over the counter medications or supplements, and bring this list with you to each appointment.
- Lock up all painkillers to keep them out of other people’s hands.