Some pain medications will be prescribed: Percocet (Hydrocodone), Darvocet, Dilaudid, Tylenol #3 and Oxycontin are typical medications. You are to take 1 or 2 pills every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. Follow the instructions for each medication as written on the prescription bottle.
It is recommended that you take the pain medication with food as they may cause nausea if you take on an empty stomach. It is not uncommon to develop constipation when taking prescription pain medication. You may take an over the counter stool softener or laxative if needed.
If you have a nerve block, begin taking the pills as you feel your sensation returning to prevent a sudden onset of extreme pain.
Do NOT drive or operate heavy equipment when taking your prescription pain medication.
Do NOT take any additional prescription or OTC (Advil (Ibuprofen) or Aleve (Naproxen Sodium)), anti-inflammatory medication unless specifically advised to so after surgery. Taking this type of medication during the first six (6) weeks post-surgery may impair tendon (or soft tissue grafts) healing to bone.
An antibiotic may also be prescribed depending on the type of your incision. Also, patients with rotator cuff repairs may be placed on Doxycycline to aid in healing of the cuff (tendon) to bone.
Ambien or Lunesta may also be prescribed to assist with sleeping.
Resume all normally prescribed medications unless otherwise instructed.
If at any time while taking your medication that you are having an adverse reaction, please contact the office at (201) 343-1717.
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