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Can you pre-load with painkillers?

Sat, 25th Jun 2011

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@DivingDuncan asked:

I've always wondered if you can "pre-load" with analgesia if you know pain is going to happen?

Answer

Well of course, people do it all the time.  Before surgery, people have a painkiller so that when they wake up they're not in agony. Itís very common to take the pain relief in advance.  You wouldnít necessarily want to take aspirin at high dose every time you do DIY because of course itís got side effects. If itís not a very high chance you're going to hurt yourself you don't want to be taking painkillers all the time.

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Isn't this what they do before every surgery? JnA, Fri, 11th Mar 2011

@DivingDuncan asked the Naked Scientists: I've always wondered if you can "pre-load" with analgesia if you know pain is going to happen? What do you think? @DivingDuncan, Mon, 27th Jun 2011

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