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5 Questions to ask about using opioids for back pain or osteoarthritis

Patient guides to managing low back and osteoarthritis pain and opioid medicines

It's important only to use opioids for the shortest possible time at the lowest possible dose. 

This patient guide offers:

  • 5 questions to ask about pain and opioids for back pain and osteoarthritis
  • tips for taking opioids at home
  • a personal pain management plan.

The use of opioids in palliative care to manage symptoms of a life-limiting illness is not within scope of these resources.

5 questions to ask about using opioids for back pain.

5 Questions

5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care.

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