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

  • Dependency
  • Persistent Use
  • 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

*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.]