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Using Opioids Safely After Surgery (AUA)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Urological Association
Format: PDF
Most recent update: 12/20/2017
Opioids are powerful drugs that decrease pain, but they can also lead to addiction and deadly overdose if not taken with care. If you need opioids after surgery, it is important to talk to your doctor about how to use them safely.