When should I start taking my pain medicine after surgery?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If you are tolerating the medication, I then recommend taking a full dose of the medication every 6 hours for the first 24 hours.
  4. Afterwards, take your pain medication according to the prescription instructions as needed to help relieve your pain.

Category: Surgical