Tips For Talking to Your Doctor

Alternatives to Opiod Prescriptions

Is there an alternative to this opioid prescription?

Prescription opioids can be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following a surgery or injury, or for certain health conditions. These medications can be an important part of treatment but also come with serious risks. It is important to work with your health care provider to make sure you are getting the safest, most effective care.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Review some Important questions to ask your doctor (PDF). You can also talk to your doctor about ways to manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids. Some of these options may actually work better and have fewer risks and side effects. Options may include:

  • Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen
  • Some medications that are also used for depression or seizures
  • Physical therapy and exercise
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, a psychological, goal directed approach, in which patients learn how to modify physical, behavioral, and emotional triggers of pain and stress

Warning Label

Affix this warning label to your insurance or pharmacy card to let your doctor know you want to discuss the risks of taking opioids and possible alternatives to pain treatment.

Example Insurance Medical Card