Medication and prescriptions
Pain medication often is a part of surgical care. Twin Cities Spine Center physicians can prescribe pain medication for a limited time. If ongoing pain management is needed, you will be referred to your primary physician or a pain management physician.
It is important that you share all current medication use (prescribed by any doctor) with your TCSC doctor.
Medication refill request
Twin Cities Spine Center providers do not routinely manage patient's pain medications. If medications are prescribed for you please review the following information.
Postoperative patients will receive specific information about refills during the postoperative period.
Medications are refilled Monday through Friday during business hours only, between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Medications are not refilled on evenings or weekends.
Please call your pharmacy to request non-narcotic medication. Your pharmacy will notify Twin Cities Spine Center regarding your refill.
All narcotic medications now require a written prescription from your Twin Cities Spine Center provider. These medications must be mailed to your pharmacy. These narcotics cannot be called in or sent via fax to your pharmacy.
Please allow 72 hours for refill requests to be addressed. A nurse clinician or physician's assist may contact you if there are any questions about your request for a refill.
Keep these suggestions in mind when taking pain medication:
- Call your physician's nurse clinician if you feel dizzy, nauseated or itchy after taking medication.
- If you feel the medication is not adequate for pain relief, discuss this with the physician or nurse; do not increase the prescribed amount of medication without physician approval.
- Many pain medications contain acetaminophen. Pharmacists recommend that acetaminophen intake should be limited to no more than 3,250 mg in 24 hours. Liver damage can occur when these amounts are exceeded. Acetaminophen may also be found in other over-the-counter medications such as cough and cold medications.
- Never mix any prescription medication with alcohol.
- Do not drive motorized vehicles while taking prescription medication as they may cause drowsiness.
- Pain medication can be constipating. To avoid this, eat a well-balanced diet including fresh fruits, raw vegetables and other fiber-rich foods.
- Drink six to eight large glasses of water per day.