You will be prescribed medication to take during your recovery. This will consist most likely of an anti-biotic and pain killers. Sometimes the doctor will prescribe an Octicaine based ear medication if you suffer from referred ear pain during your recovery.
The anti-biotic is prescribed to prevent or control any bacterial infections. The pain killers or as they are also known, analgesics, will numb the pain temporarily. You should discuss exactly when and how many pain killers you can take with your doctor as they will have a significant influence on your recovery pain.
You must also consider when you take your pain killers and when you eat food. The reason for this is simple – After you have taken you pain killers, you will have maximum pain relief after about half an hour. Since eating is the most painful activity after your tonsillectomy, you should try eat as close to half an hour after taking the pain killer as possible.
It is important that you discuss any side effects that you may have with your doctor. If your medication is not providing effective pain relief you should also discuss this with your doctor. It’s a very good idea to keep a written log of what medication you take and when you take them. You need to ensure that you do not exceed the maximum daily dose as it’s very possible to forget taking pills when you are drowsy. A written log will also help when you wake up in the middle of the night and wonder when you took your last dose!