(Closed) Using pain meds at work

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Using painkillers at work
    I would use prescription painkillers at work : (13 votes)
    46 %
    I would stick to OTC painkillers : (10 votes)
    36 %
    I would take off work while needing prescription painkillers : (4 votes)
    14 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Mine is a little different because Im a nurse and being even a little goofy from meds at work could kill someone, but i vote nothing stronger than ibuprofen at work. 

    Post # 4
    4438 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @mrshunnybunches:  I work in a small office (literally me and 2 bosses) so when something like that is going on I let them know that I’m good to work but not 100%.


    Last year my dr. was experimenting with allergy meds for me — one made me SOOO drowsy I just told the boss and kept on trucking.  You should take the meds prescribed to you, I mean can you focus if you’re in pain sticking to just the OTC stuff?  Which is better for your job?

    Post # 5
    8439 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @mrshunnybunches:  I think it depends on your tolerance to pain killers.  If I have to take vicodin or something from the doctor, I’m worthless.  I can’t stand, I get sick, I can’t think or open my eyes; and this is when I take half.  In fact, most of the time I just don’t bother filling the prescription since advil works so well on me.  I think if you can function on them, and it reduces your discomfort to where you can work, it’s not a problem.  I personally am unable to do it.

    Post # 6
    9976 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My concern for you would be driving, will the affect wear off before you have to drive home?  For the record, I have taken prescription painkillers at work once after a surgery.  I had to go back to work but still had a few left.  It was only a day or so but I didn’t like the way it made me feel, at all.  I waited until it wore off for driving home, though.

    Post # 7
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    I act like an idiot and feel totally loopy when I’m on RX medicine, so I avoid it. I’d never go out of the house, let alone to work, when I was *on* these drugs.

    I live with chronic pain and I’ve just learned to ignore so and self-manage in other ways. If there are days I feel totally crippled, I work from home (not a fan of looking crippled at work).

    Post # 8
    5950 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @mrshunnybunches:  That depends, are we operating heavy machinery or driving?  If not, who cares?  But be careful, if you zonk out in our office for whatever reason, you put yourself in harms way and the last time my receptionist fell asleep in her chair, because she had dental work and was on something, we changed her computer language to Portuguese, took all the ink out of her pens and put her shoes on the wrong feet.

    Post # 10
    802 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    ive done it at work and i was loopy a couple hours but it wore off before i got off work. depends on your tolerance, if you can manage it i say use it to help the pain, or break it in half

    Post # 11
    2109 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I was on hydrocodone all day, every day, for a year. I don’t work, I’m a student, but I did go to class, take tests, etc on it. It really depends on your tolerance, as PPs have said. I handle it well, yeah I feel a little “buzzed” but I can still function well.

    You could always try taking half, or even a quarter of a pill. Just enough to take the edge off the pain!

    Post # 12
    13095 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Pain meds don’t really affect me (besides taking the pain away – I don’t get loopy, drowsy, high, etc).  And since my job doesn’t involve machines or people’s lives, I’d take prescription pain meds at work.

    Post # 13
    2808 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    As long as you are just sitting at a desk I don’t see the big deal. Just make sure you taper off before you have to drive home.

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