Pain

Pain

About Pain

Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen or chest or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.

Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize you have a medical problem that needs treatment. Once you take care of the problem, pain usually goes away. However, sometimes pain goes on for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat pain. Treatment varies depending on the cause of pain. Pain relievers, acupuncture and sometimes surgery are helpful.

Top Medications for Pain according to our users

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All Medications for Pain

  • Pain reliever > Acetaminophen (APAP)

  • Pain reliever > Opioid

    • Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) is a good option to treat pain and cough as needed when over-the-counter medicines can't control the symptoms, but must make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
    • Codeine
      Prescription only

      Codeine works well for mild to moderate pain, but it may not be an great option for all people.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
    • Dilaudid
      (Hydromorphone)
      Prescription only

      Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) is a fast-acting, potent medication that treats problems needing strong pain relief.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Oral solution
      • Suppository
    • Methadone
      Prescription only

      Methadose (Methadone) works well for moderate to severe pain especially nerve-related and complex pain and is effective for maintenance opioid addiction treatment. You need to be careful with dosing.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dispersable tablet
      • Liquid
      • Powder for solution
    • Morphine sulfate
      Prescription only

      Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) provides good long-term pain control without the need to take medicine frequently, but watch out for constipation.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Oral solution
      • Liquid
      • Suppository
    • Oxycodone ibuprofen
      (Oxycodone / Ibuprofen)
      Prescription only

      Combunox (Oxycodone / Ibuprofen) is a strong pain reliever that also lowers inflammation, but it can't be used more than seven days.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Oxycodone
      Prescription only

      Oxycontin (Oxycodone) provides options for treating both short and long-term moderate to severe pain, but no matter how long you take it, you’ll need to watch out for constipation.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Oral solution
      • Liquid
    • Vicoprofen
      (Hydrocodone / Ibuprofen)
      Prescription only

      Ibudone (Hydrocodone / Ibuprofen) works well for moderate to severe pain, but it shouldn't be used long-term.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Norco
      (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)
      Prescription only

      Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) is a good option to treat pain as needed when over-the-counter medicines can't control the symptoms, but must make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Oral solution
    • Percocet
      (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen)
      Prescription only

      Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) is the strongest prescription combination pain medicine for as needed pain relief, but make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Oral solution
    • Tramadol
      Prescription only

      Ultram (Tramadol) works well to treat severe pain and mood changes. Although it's a little weaker than other opioids, it can still be addictive.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Extended release capsule
      • Dissolving tablet
  • Pain reliever > NSAID

  • Pain reliever > Salicylate

  • Pain reliever > Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

    • Celebrex
      (Celecoxib)
      Prescription only

      Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Ibuprofen
      Prescription or OTC

      Advil (Ibuprofen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Oral suspension
    • Ketorolac
      Prescription only

      Toradol (Ketorolac) is an okay medication for some types of short-term pain, but don't take it for longer than you really need it.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Injection
    • Naproxen
      Prescription or OTC

      Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release tablet
      • Liquid
    • Voltaren
      (Diclofenac sodium)
      Prescription only

      Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) works well for pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Extended release
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Eye drops
    • Indocin
      (Indomethacin)
      Prescription only

      Indocin (Indomethacin) works well for mild to moderate pain and swelling, but it shouldn't be used long-term since it has some serious side effects.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
      • Suppository
    • Cambia
      (Diclofenac potassium)
      Prescription only

      Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling. However, because of the risk of heart attack, it's recommended to limit the amount you take.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Powder for oral solution
    • Oxycodone ibuprofen
      (Oxycodone / Ibuprofen)
      Prescription only

      Combunox (Oxycodone / Ibuprofen) is a strong pain reliever that also lowers inflammation, but it can't be used more than seven days.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Vicoprofen
      (Hydrocodone / Ibuprofen)
      Prescription only

      Ibudone (Hydrocodone / Ibuprofen) works well for moderate to severe pain, but it shouldn't be used long-term.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill

Antacid

  • Anticoagulant > Anti-platelet

Anticonvulsant

  • Muscle relaxer > Centrally-acting alpha agonist

    • Zanaflex
      (Tizanidine)
      Prescription only

      Zanaflex (Tizanidine) isn't a first-choice treatment for muscle spasms. Try other options before using this.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill

Medication side effects for Pain

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for constipation.

  • Voltaren: 3%
  • Indocin: 22%
  • Vicoprofen: 31%
  • Oxycodone: 46%
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At this end, no one is expected to have constipation

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have constipation

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Pain

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Acupuncture saved me!
  • Just kill urself if u have an abdominal pain
  • OxyContin made me terribly sick and it was low dosage, threw it away
  • Become an expert about your condition
  • Assess your addiction risk. If taken for pain this will not make you high.
  • Add a stool softener to your daily meds
  • Fibromyalgia
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Back pain.
  • Listening, doing, or experiencing something positive
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Propping my legs and body up
  • Nothing but medication, only use when I need it, and I wait till I can't stand the pain any longer.
  • Sleeping
  • Anything that gets my mind off my pain
  • Being with family and friends
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