So many times we hear those words in terms of the narcotic pain medications.
This should never ever happen. It is wrong for it to happen and when it does happen, you run the risk of being dismissed by the doctor that is prescribing those medications.
And it gets worse, you could be added to a 'black list' if you wanted to have you medications filled too early.
Yes that is the pure negative aspect if taking more medications then the dosage allocated.
Shame on you.....
Can it happen? Yes, Does it happen? Yes Has it happened? Yes
Anytime you find yourself needing to take more than your normal dosage of pain medications, it is so very important to contact your doctor to discuss it with them. They may offer a higher dose of that medication or perhaps want to see you as soon as possible.
So folks may not want to call their doctor to tell them they took more. But you are only hurting yourself. Because while taking more, you will run out sooner. And when that happens, sometimes the price you pay is much more than you can bear.
Be honest. Yes, there are times when the pain levels go up and you need more. But those are the exact times you need to communicate with your doctor.
I've run into this myself. I contacted my doctor because the 5mg Oxycodone IR was not enough for breakthrough between my Oxycontin. The doctor and I adjusted the plan, decreased the time between the ER medications to see if that helped, and if not, increase the dose of IR as breakthrough.
That is the way it should be handled.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences