- Your pain will typically increase for a few days after you get home.
- Tylenol (if you can take it) can be taken in addition to your pain pills throughout the day. You may take Tylenol 1000 mg every 8 hours. Make sure to check that your prescribed pain medication doesn’t already have Tylenol (acetaminophen) in it. Do not exceed 3,000 mg of Tylenol in a 24 hour period.
- Take your pain medications as prescribed to start. If your pain is under control and you feel that you can taper back by extending (or lengthening) the time between pills, then do so. You can gauge this on your own.
- AVOID alcohol while taking narcotic pain medications.
- Take pain medication with food. It can cause nausea on an empty stomach.
- Avoid Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve, aspirin, or any other anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) until directed by your surgeon.
Narcotic (pain medication) refill requests
We cannot call these medications into your pharmacy. They require a written prescription. Please keep the following guidelines in mind.
- Please call our office at least 48 hours prior to needing a narcotic refill.
- Remember, you need to have a driver who can come in and pick-up the prescription.
- Please avoid calling after 2:00 p.m. on Friday or on weekends.
- If you live out of town, you may need a prescription mailed. Please monitor your usage to allow adequate time for us to mail you a prescription.
All prescriptions require 48 hours notice. No refills after noon on Friday or on weekends.