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What can you expect when you take opioids for pain?

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You may not feel like yourself for a couple of days. For most these effects go away quickly, though they can last a week or longer:

  • Trouble staying focused: You may misplace things like your keys or your medicine.
  • Drowsiness: This makes it dangerous for you to drive or use machines. It also makes it harder for you to listen to people or remember what they’ve told you.
  • Fogginess: You may have a hard time thinking clearly or, less commonly, feel dizzy.
  • Slow reflexes: This can affect how you think and understand others.

From: Feeling Foggy on Opioids? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Bill McCarberg, MD, president, American Academy of Pain Medicine.

American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians: “The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians fact sheet.”

American Academy of Pain Medicine: “Eight opioid safety principles for patients and caregivers.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Bill McCarberg, MD, president, American Academy of Pain Medicine.

American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians: “The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians fact sheet.”

American Academy of Pain Medicine: “Eight opioid safety principles for patients and caregivers.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 16, 2018

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