Common questions about painkillers are: When should I take them? and Do I have to take them regularly? Sometimes, people delay taking painkillers until pain is severe or don’t take them regularly. This can make pain more difficult to control and means you’re in pain when you don’t need to be.
The aim of painkillers is to provide constant pain relief, so it’s important to take them regularly.
Some people ask; If I’m given a strong painkiller, does that mean that my cancer is advanced? If you’re given a strong painkiller, this doesn’t mean the cancer is worse. Another common question is; Will I become addicted to painkillers? This is very unlikely.
If you need to take a strong opioid painkiller, you may ask if there is a right dose you should take or if you can stop taking them. The right does is the one that controls your pain. You should never suddenly stop taking them without medical advice as this can cause withdrawal symptoms.
If you’re unsure or concerned about taking painkillers, speak to your doctor. They will give you advice.