Bariatric Surgery, Managing Post-Op Pain at Home: Medications

Pain after an operation (post-op pain) is normal and expected. These guidelines can help you stay as comfortable as possible.

Take medications on time. Do not wait until the pain is severe.

Taking Pain Medications

  • Take medications on time. Do not take more than prescribed.

  • Take only the medications that your health care provider tells you to take.

  • Take pain medications with sips of water.

  • Don’t drink alcohol while using pain medications.

Types of Pain Medications


  • Over-the-counter (such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen) or prescription

  • All relieve mild to moderate pain and some reduce swelling

  • Possible side effects include stomach upset and bleeding


  • Always prescription

  • Relieve severe pain

  • Possible side effects include stomach upset, nausea, and itching

Call your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lasting constipation, or stomach cramps

  • Breathing problems or a fast heart rate

  • Feeling very tired, sluggish, or dizzy

  • Skin rash

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