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Pain after an operation (post-op pain) is common and expected. These guidelines can help you stay as comfortable as possible.
Take medications on time. Do not take more than prescribed.
Take only the medications that your health care provider tells you to take.
Take pain medications with some food to avoid an upset stomach.
Don’t drink alcohol while using pain medications.
Over-the-counter (such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen) or prescription
All relieve mild to moderate pain and some reduce swelling
Possible side effects include stomach upset and bleeding
Check with your doctor before taking over-the-counter pain medications in addition to your prescribed pain medication
Always a prescription
Relieve moderate to severe pain
Possible side effects include stomach upset, nausea, and itching
May cause constipation (to help prevent this, eat high-fiber foods and drink plenty of water)
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lasting constipation, or stomach cramps
Breathing problems or a fast heart rate
Feeling very tired, sluggish, or dizzy