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Start by talking to your doctor about ways to manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of the other methods may even work better than opioids. And they won’t have the risks and side effects that come with these strong prescription medicines.
Based on your particular pain type, your non-opioid pain management options may include:
Alternatives to MedicineYou may also want to explore other types of treatments that don’t involve medicine. There are many alternative treatments that may help, such as:
If you are considering opioids, there is a risk of misuse. It’s vital to know your role in medicine safety:
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