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Patient Instructions

Medication and Prescriptions

Should I be taking any medication?

Always ask if you are unsure about your medications, or if you are having a problem tolerating your medications. During your appointments do not be afraid to ask if it is okay to stop taking medications that have been prescribed. The two primary types of medications prescribed by our office are discussed below.

What are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID)?
  • Common names: “Tylenol”, “Naprosyn”, “Voltaren”, “Motrin”, “Ibuprofen”, “Aspirin”, “Toradol”, “Ansaid”, and “Azulfidine”
  • NSAIDs work by decreasing inflammation and swelling that cause extra pressure inside joints and ligamentous “tunnels like the carpal tunnel. They also help to control pain. However, NSAID are more than a pain medication. These medications reduce inflammation and swelling and make it easier for the body to repair itself. Therefore, you should take these medicines until you are told to stop, as long as you have pain.
  • Prior to taking these medications, report any history of ulcers, lower gastrointestinal problems, sensitive stomach, diabetes, hypertension, anemia. Sometimes NSAIDs can upset your stomach or make you nauseated. Also report any other anti-inflammatory medications being taken, including Aspirin.
  • Always take this type of medicine with food, and be sure to tell us if you are having stomach problems.
What medications are used for pain management?
  • Common names: “Codeine”, “Vicodin”, “Lorcet”, “Lortabs”, “Percodan”, “Percocet”, “and Darvon”
  • Pure “painkillers” usually aren’t necessary for most of our patients. Sometimes they may be helpful for a day or two after an injection or surgery. If prescribed, you can stop taking these medications as soon as severe pain is over. If severe pain continues beyond 3-5 days, you need to contact our office to discuss your pain management.
  • If you are given any of these pain medications, be careful when driving or doing anything that requires you to be “mentally sharp”. Pain medication can cloud your concentration and abilities to problem solve.
What general rules should you follow for taking medication?
  1. Always take medications as directed.
  2. Please STOP the medication if any of the following occur:
    • Vomiting
    • Lower abdominal pain
    • Blood in urine or stool
    • Dizziness
  3. Call the office immediately at (510) 763-0884 with any problems.
How do I renew my prescription?

Prescription refills are handled during regular office hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only. In order for your physician to review your medical history, please allow up to 48 hours to process your refill request. Please understand that any calls received on Friday will not be processed until the following week. For prescription refills, please call (510) 763-0884.