Can you pre-load with painkillers?

26 June 2011

Question

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. It's very common to take the pain relief in advance. You wouldn't necessarily want to take aspirin at high dose every time you do DIY because of course it's got side effects. If it's 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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