When should I start taking my pain medicine after surgery?
- It is best to take your medication before experiencing pain. This will lessen the amount of pain you will experience and can reduce your overall need for pain medications.
- Whether you had a regional block or not, I suggest taking 1/2 a dose of the pain medication that I provided, 6 hours after you arrive home.
- If you are tolerating the medication, I then recommend taking a full dose of the medication every 6 hours for the first 24 hours.
- Afterwards, take your pain medication according to the prescription instructions as needed to help relieve your pain.