A Few More Tips
Don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion if you’re not comfortable with the information your doctor is providing. Pharmacists are also great and often patient and understanding sources of information.
Be honest with your health care provider. Tell her if you are using other medications, including over-the-counter products. Mixing opioids with benzodiazepines and other drugs can be extremely dangerous.
Drinking while using opioid medications should be avoided at any time!
Let your doctor know if you’ve ever struggled with addiction, substance abuse or dependence to alcohol or drugs of any type. Again, tell him or her if you feel the need of increasing your dosage.
Let your doctor know if you have discontinued or interrupted the course of intake as agreed beforehand. This is extremely important information for your treating physician or other health care providers.
Always keep the medication away from children or vulnerable adults.
When you travel, make sure you carry legitimation/a valid prescription for using opioids with you, in some countries carrying opioids can take you into serious difficulties with the police.
*World Health Organization