Painkillers & me

Take the ‘temperature’ of your opioid painkillers

In persistent pain, using opioid painkillers, such as codeine, tramadol and morphine for more than a few months, has not been shown to be helpful. The higher your dose, the greater your risk of problems. This handy ‘thermometer’ helps you work out whether your dose is too high.

Wherever you are on the thermometer, if you have concerns about your medicines or side effects and would like to discuss other ways to manage your pain, talk to your healthcare team.

Download the opioid temperature leaflet

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