Take action

Take action now - if you are worried about your pain medication it is important to discuss this with your GP practice.

If you are concerned about your pain medication use due to side effects or because you are worried that you may be addicted, it is important that you contact your GP surgery. They will be able to make an appointment with the most appropriate person for you to discuss your concerns.

This appointment may be with a GP or doctor, a nurse a pharmacist or other fully trained member of the Practice Team. At the moment due to COVID 19 this appointment may occur in person, over the phone or virtually.

Before your appointment you may find it helpful to consider the following questions:

  • How long have you been taking your pain medication?
  • What are you especially concerned about that has encouraged you to make this appointment?
  • Can you describe how your pain medications make you feel?
  • How long have you been feeling this way?
  • Does your medication help reduce your pain?
  • If you are on more than one medication for pain, is there one that you are especially worried about, or one that you feel works best for you?

Your clinician will work with you to work out the best options for you, which may include alternative therapies such as physiotherapy, referral to a specialist, reduction of your pain medication or a combination of many options.