Older Adults – Patient and Family Resources
Find factsheets and websites with information on the risks associated with taking prescription opioids, facts to consider when taking opioids, along with information important in talking to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about your medications.
What to Know if You Are Prescribed Prescription Opioids for Pain
- (Page 41) Many people have misconceptions about mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders. Use this fact sheet to better understand the facts.
- Constipation from pain medication such as opioids, is a common problem. Get tips on how to manage pain relief, side effects from opioids, and how to relieve constipation from pain medication.
- These resources are designed to help pain care providers provide their patients with helpful information and tools to increase their knowledge about pain, locate an AAPM member pain physician in the area, and connect with organizations that directly serve pain patients.
- Guard against potential problems with your medicines and learn about your medication and how it makes you feel. Visit this website to get tips on medication safety.
- Visit this guide to learn about different types of drug interactions, side effects, and get tips on what to ask your health care professional and pharmacist when it comes to your medical conditions, the medicines you take, and any health concerns you have.
- Know what to expect as we age and our bodies and minds change. Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your health care provider know if you have any concerns.