Long-acting opiate pain relievers are medicines used to relieve moderate to severe long-term pain. They are also called extended-release opiates. Opiates relieve pain by changing the way your body feels pain. They don't cure a health problem, but they help you manage the pain.
If you take a lot of short-acting medicine, your doctor may give you long-acting opiates. Long-acting opiates help you avoid the ups and downs in pain relief that you may have with short-acting medicine.
To avoid taking too much (overdose) of these medicines:
To use long-acting opiates safely:
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. You may:
Usually the benefits of the medicine are more important than any minor side effects.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Last Revised||February 5, 2013|
Last Revised: February 5, 2013
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