The type of opioid you are prescribed will depend on the type and quality of your pain. Unless you have tried other non-opioid medications without relief, your doctor may not prescribe you opioids at all. If non-opioid analgesics have not been effective for you, your doctor may start you on a mild opioid such as codeine. Or, he may trial you on an opioid that is mixed with aspirin or acetaminophen.
If your pain is more severe, you may be given something stronger, such like oxycodone. Your doctor may try both short-acting and long-acting forms to see what works best for your pain. He may also combine stronger opioids with other analgesics, depending on your needs.
Like most other pain medications, you may have to try more than one type of opioid or opioid combination before you find relief.
We treat our patients very carefully and responsibly. We thoroughly screen our patients to monitor treatment.