If your teen is recovering from a painful injury or surgery, your doctor may recommend that they take some prescription pain killers. However, with prescription drug abuse on the rise in teenagers, it can be difficult as a parent to know what prescription painkiller is the best and safest. Here are four things to consider when deciding which painkiller is the right choice.
Consider Over-the-Counter Options
Some types of pain, such as headaches or moderate muscle aches, do not require a prescription painkiller for relief. Many over-the-counter painkillers such as Aspirin or Tylenol are sufficient. Before asking a doctor to prescribe a painkiller, first ask them if there is an over-the-counter medication that will effectively relieve your teen’s pain.
Know the Side Effects and Addictiveness
Many of the prescription painkillers currently on the market come with side effects. Some of these side effects are uncommon or relatively mild, such as slight nausea, dry mouth, drowsiness or slight constipation. However, other painkillers have extreme side effects that can affect a teen’s quality of life. Some of these side effects include paranoia, rapid heartbeat, disorientation, lack of coordination, slurred speech and shallow breathing. Furthermore, some painkillers are more addictive than others. Be sure to research the addictiveness of various prescription drugs and talk to your teen about taking their medicine only as directed by their doctor.
Ensure Your Teen is Not Allergic
Some teens are allergic to a certain painkiller or an ingredient in a painkiller. If your teen has ever had a reaction to a medication, be sure to double check with your pharmacist about the painkiller’s ingredients to ensure they are not endangering themselves.
Ask Your Doctor or a Mental Health Professional
The most important thing to do while deciding which painkiller is right for your teen is to consult your doctor or a mental health professional. They will be able to take your teen’s health history into consideration and help you make an informed choice. The experts at Newport Academy have years of experience with teenagers and are a valuable resource for any parent who is concerned about their teenager’s health and well-being.
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