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Will I become addicted to my pain medication?

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Not necessarily, if you take your medication exactly as prescribed. There are also effective pain medications that are non-addictive. A person's likelihood of becoming addicted depends, in part, on his or her addiction history. Addiction is less likely if you have never abused drugs or had an addictive disorder. Talk with your doctor about any concerns you may have.

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American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 23, 2018

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American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 23, 2018

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