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Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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My mother-in-law had a total knee replacement about two months ago. She's still taking Lortab for pain and the druggist called to say she tried to fill her prescription again too soon. The family is worried that she's taking too many of these painkillers. What should we do?

Discuss this problem with your mother-in-law and if possible, with her physician. Patients who ask for more medication may seem like they are becoming addicted. It may be that she has just isn't getting adequate pain control.

Lortab is a short-acting pain reliever. It starts working quickly but doesn't last as long as some other drugs. She may need a different dose or a different drug. The doctor who prescribed the drug can help her with this.

Another key factor is activity level. Patients who have had a total knee replacement must be encouraged to keep active and do their exercises. Inactivity causes the muscles to stiffen with loss of motion. Motion is lotion and without it pain levels can increase.


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