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Opioid Pain Management

Opioids are commonly prescribed to control pain after surgery, which doctors refer to as acute pain. The first three days after surgery are usually when patients experience the most discomfort, and while a schedule of over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen is often enough to control pain and resume activities like eating and sleeping, sometimes it can be so severe that patients will opt to use opioids. Common opioids include codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone, tramadol, and others.

It is essential to know the facts about opioids, their side effects, and how to use them safely. The following actions should be taken prior to taking medication:

  • Determine whether over-the-counter medications can be tried before using opioids
  • Patients should disclose any sedatives or benzodiazepines that they are currently taking
  • As pain lessens, longer wait times should be taken between opioid doses
  • Opioids should not be used for any other reason besides surgical pain and should not be used any more often than prescribed

 
Explore the resources below to learn more about opioids and their risks:

Perioperative Pain Management and Care Coordination for Surgeons CE Course

This evidence-based educational opportunity will empower surgeons to directly impact the opioid epidemic by learning and implementing best-practice care management during the perioperative period.

Perioperative Pain Management and Care Coordination CE Course

This evidence-based educational opportunity will empower clinicians to directly impact the opioid epidemic by learning and implementing best-practice care management during the perioperative period.

Pain Management in Dentistry CE Course

OPEN is excited to offer free online training for dental pain management and opioid prescribing. Three one-hour training modules are being offered that meet Michigan’s licensure requirement of board approved continuing education for pain and symptom management.

Pediatric Planning For Surgery and Pain Management Worksheet

This worksheet will guide you through preparing to manage pain after surgery. Download to complete and share with surgical care team members.

Acute Care Opioid Prescribing Guide

This Guide is a compilation of resources to support evidence-based acute care opioid prescribing.

Dental – Learn the Facts: Opioids and Pain Management

Ask questions and know the facts before using opioids for your pain.

  • What is an opioid?
  • Understanding the risks of using opioids
  • Understanding pain after a dental procedure
  • Using opioids safely
  • Safe storage & disposal of opioids

Over-the-Counter Quick Reference – Dental

A condensed two-pager on using acetaminophen and NSAIDs for postoperative pain management.

Over-the-Counter Quick Reference – Surgical

A condensed one-pager on using acetaminophen and NSAIDs for postoperative pain management.

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