In an effort to make you more comfortable with discharge home and to answer any questions you may have, the following instructions have been prepared for you. However, you may call the office at any time with additional questions or concerns.
Pain Control and Prescriptions
- A prescription for pain medication will be sent to your pharmacy. Take this pain medication as prescribed as needed for moderate to severe pain. For less severe pain, you may take over the counter Tylenol (acetaminophen), instead of the prescribed pain medication.
- Your prescription pain medication may contain acetaminophen. For example, Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) contains 325mg of Tylenol. Do not exceed 4000 mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) from all sources in a 24 hour period.
- You may be prescribed another pain medication—Toradol/ketorolac. Take this medication as prescribed for pain.
- Narcotic pain medication can be constipating, so drink plenty of water and non-caffeinated beverages to help with regular bowel movements. It is important not to strain to have a bowel movement. Any straining can jeopardize your safety and recovery.
- Take an over the counter baby aspirin (81mg) daily for three weeks.
Please do not drive while taking narcotic pain medication.