Myths/Facts About Opioids

Opioids aren’t for everyone. While opioids have been commonly used to manage pain after surgery, they can also contribute to an extended recovery period.
Consider these myths/facts about opioids.

Understanding the Difference Between Opioid Dependency, Persistent Use, and Addiction

The Side Effects From Opioids May Hold Back Your Recovery

Despite the desire to get back to daily life, 67% of women surveyed took an opioid to manage pain after surgery, which can negatively impact recovery.7 For example,

  • Opioids can cause nausea, vomiting, and constipation9
  • Opioids can delay how quickly you return to day-to-day activities1
  • Opioids can lead to dependency or, if left around the house, can pose a potential risk of misuse/abuse by others2

Opioid Concerns

*Asked among 377 US women ages 30-50 who have had orthopedic or soft tissue surgery who have taken or were prescribed opioids following their surgical procedure
Pacira BioSciences, Inc. On the Rebound: What to Expect after Surgery. July 2020. [Analysis in the report was based on a survey conducted by Wakefield Research.]