How long will you be on pain medication after total hip replacement?

Medication. In general if you have had significant arthritis pain the surgery pain is limited and different from the arthritic pain. The pain medication is primarily for the pain related to surgery. Many patients are off medication in 2 weeks in some cases pain medication may be required for longer periods.
Less than 3 weeks. If you were not on narcotics before surgery you will be off stronger pain meds by 3 weeks. You might need occasional over the counter meds such as acetaminophen, ibuprufen, or Naproxen up until 6 months.