Medication Management Q & A
What is medication management?
While medication can alleviate pain, it doesn’t resolve the issue causing your pain and is, therefore, not a viable long-term solution to pain management.
At Oklahoma Pain Physicians, the team often incorporates pain medications into customized treatment plans. However, they carefully monitor your medication use and offer customized medication management services to protect your overall health while also easing your pain.
Medication management ensures that you are taking the correct dose of appropriate medications to alleviate pain. Your doctor also helps you reduce your reliance on pain medication, including opioids, muscle relaxers, steroids, and other anti-inflammatory medicines, as other interventional pain treatments provide long-term pain relief.
At the same time, your doctor keeps track of all medications, vitamins, and supplements you take on a regular basis. They make sure that your medicines won’t interact, decrease effectiveness, or cause unwanted side effects.
What are the benefits of medication management?
First and foremost, medication management ensures your safety and reduces your risk of drug interactions and addiction.
While pain-relieving medication works, it can also cause a variety of unwanted side effects. Medication management helps minimize your risk of side effects so you can continue to focus your energy on recovery.
Medication management can help ensure that you’re taking the right dose of the right medication. It improves your compliance, which improves your overall outcome. It reduces stress on you and your family as well as the overall money spent on health care services.
What do I need to know about medication safety?
Opioids are a frequently prescribed type of pain-relieving medication that also have a high risk of addiction. Signs of dependency and addiction include needing more of the drug to get the same effects or experiencing symptoms like trembling, sweating, or nausea when you don’t take the medication.
When your physician prescribes medication, it’s critical that you use the drugs as directed. Not only does this provide pain relief, but it also ensures that you use the medicine safely.
If you’re concerned about the safety of your prescriptions or aren’t satisfied with the way they make you feel — either in terms of pain relief or side effects — talk to your doctor about alternatives.
If you’re using medication for pain relief, call Oklahoma Pain Physicians or request an appointment online today for expert, personalized medication management services.
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