How long should patients take opioids post-op?

Seven-day script should strike the right balance, say US researchers

With rates of opioid prescribing — and misuse — on the increase, US researchers have tried to determine the optimal prescription length after common surgical procedures.


Their answer is that a seven-day script for opioids should strike the right balance between pain relief and risk of dependence for most patients.

Following general surgery opioid scripts should be made out for between four and nine days, based on levels of persisting pain and the need for refills, finds the Harvard Medical School review of more than 200,000 surgical patients.

For women’s health procedures