Post-operative pain management

There are steps you can take to help your patients understand and effectively manage their post-op pain in today’s opioid-conscious environment. By discussing your patients’ expectations for pain relief and helping them reframe their goals, you can help them achieve them with minimal opioid use.1

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According to the American Pain Society guidelines, non-opioid analgesics, such as TYLENOL®, should be part of a multimodal approach for post-op pain. A plan that includes acetaminophen or NSAIDs in conjunction with opioids is associated with less post-op pain or opioid consumption than opioids alone.1


Help your patients understand pain and set realistic post-op expectations

Redefine goals

Patients may not understand that avoiding post-op pain completely may not be achievable. Help them reframe their pain relief goals to focus on restoring normal functionality, so they can return to their job, household, and family.

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Empower patients

Help patients create a plan specific to them and their individual health conditions.

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Educate patients about post-op pain relief options

The active ingredient in TYLENOL® can be an effective post-op pain choice.2 TYLENOL® is opioid free, and not typically associated with side effects seen with opioids, like nausea, constipation, and sleepiness.3 Combinations with non-medicine approaches, like acupuncture and massage, can also help manage pain.4,5

Download a counseling tool to help you and your patients create a personal pain relief plan, so they can use fewer opioids for a shorter amount of time.1

Nearly 80% of patients prefer a non-opioid6

Patients are aware of, and concerned about, opioid risks. 79% of patients would choose a non-opioid option over opioids for their post-op pain.6

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NSAIDs can increase the risk of certain cardiovascular events, like heart attack and stroke.7 TYLENOL® may be a more appropriate analgesic choice for your post-op patients with certain comorbidities, like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and those taking aspirin heart therapy.8,9

A multimodal approach gives your patients effective pain relief1

When acetaminophen or NSAIDs are used in conjunction with opioids, it is associated with less post-op pain or opioid consumption than opioids alone.1

TYLENOL® can be an appropriate opioid-free pain relief choice for many of your patients, both in hospital and at discharge.

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REFERENCES: 1. Chou R, Gordon DB, de Leon-Casasola OA, et al. Management of Postoperative Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American Pain Society, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Committee on Regional Anesthesia, Executive Committee, and Administrative Council. J Pain. 2016;17(2):131-157. 2. Qi DS. May LG, Zimmerman B, et al. A randomized, double-blind. placebo-controlled study of acetaminophen 1000 mg versus acetaminophen 650 mg for the treatment of postsurgical dental pain. Clin Ther. 2012;34(12):2247-2258. 3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription opioids. Accessed April 18, 2018. 4. Wu MS, Chen KH, Chen IF, et al. The efficacy of acupuncture in post-operative pain management: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(3):e0150367. 5. Kukimoto Y, Ooe N, Ideguchi N. The effects of massage therapy on pain and anxiety after surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain Manag Nurs. 2017;18(6):378-390. 6. Data on file based on a 500-person survey. Pacira Pharmaceuticals. Plan against pain. Opioid addiction and dependence after surgery is significantly higher than previously known. 2016. 7. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. FDA strengthens warning of heart attack and stroke risk for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Accessed April 18, 2018. 8. Catella-Lawson F, Reilly MP, Kapoor SC, et al. Cyclooxygenase inhibitors and the antiplatelet effects of aspirin. N Engl J Med. 2001;345(25):1809-1817. 9. Elliott WJ. Drug interactions and drugs that affect blood pressure. J Clin Hypertens. 2006;8(10):731-737.