Research indicates that only about 5% of those who take opioid drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone for a year become addicted to them; shorter use of the drugs poses even a lesser risk of addition. However, a recent study indicates that the risk of developing depression rises significantly in cases where opioids are used for more than 90 days. At the very least, opioid use can lead to sedation, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and potential addiction. All this information suggests that these drugs should be used in the lowest possible doses for the shortest possible time. These drugs are appropriate in cases involving acute pain, such as following a tooth extraction or after a serious injury.

Those prescribed opioid drugs should be aware of potential side effects before taking them.  It is very important to follow the directions from your doctor for your prescription medication. If you have any questions about your medications and the risks, Med-Fast considers it a privilege to be able to explain your prescription and the possible side effects of the medications you are taking.

Med-Fast Pharmacy is also a compounding pharmacy that offers pain medication alternatives such as topical pain creams. We will always be there for you when you need a quick and professional opinion. Don’t hesitate to call about your medications or topical pain therapy options.  Med-Fast Compounding 866-444-6290