Addiction is a common concern for
people who have to use strong pain medicines (opioids or narcotics) to treat cancer
pain. This fear may keep some people from getting good pain control. Pain medicine
be safely used to treat cancer pain. When taking pain medicines, work closely with
healthcare provider. Take medicines only as told.
Over time, some people need higher
doses of medicine to get pain relief. This is not addiction. It is tolerance. That
your body has adjusted to the dose you've been taking so it doesn't work as well as
once did. Again, work with your healthcare provider to take your pain medicines safely
and correctly. Tell your provider if you have a personal or family history of alcohol
drug abuse. This helps keep addiction from becoming a problem. It also helps you get
pain control you need.
Always keep your pain medicines in
a safe place. Never share them with anyone. Be aware that some people might try to
your opioid pain medicines and sell them illegally.