Whether you’re living with chronic pain or healing from a recent surgery or injury, pain can make it difficult to live everyday life. Learn how common pain meds may help you reduce your pain and promote a more positive, active lifestyle. In combination with our pain management services, you may find your road to healing.
Types of Pain Medication
There are many different types of medications used to reduce the feelings of pain. As many pains are experienced in highly subjective ways, you’ll need to discuss your pain level and type of discomfort with a doctor to determine the best medication for your particular situation. Whether the pain is sharp, numbing, burning, stinging, or dull, here are some common medications to help reduce or remove the feelings of pain:
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
- Cox-2 Inhibitors
If you need stronger pain meds or are looking for a way to manage your pain, be sure to discuss your options with your doctor. There are a variety of factors, such as a history of kidney damage or stomach bleeding, that can increase the risk of harmful side effects for each of these pain medication options.
One of the most common pain meds is acetaminophen. While you should ask your doctor before taking acetaminophen if you have a history of liver damage, for many individuals, this medication has few side effects. It may not be suitable for chronic, significant pain, but minor or acute symptoms may benefit from this over-the-counter medication.
Some common pills combine acetaminophen with other pain medications, particularly narcotics. It’s typical to find acetaminophen combined with oxycodone, hydrocodone or codeine.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Another pain medication category that includes anti-inflammatory properties is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs are more commonly known as ibuprofen and aspirin. Each of these types are available over the counter. Some common side effects can include high blood pressure, increased bruising, and kidney damage when taken for an extended period of time.
Technically a sub-category of NSAIDs, Cox-2 inhibitors offer a similar, powerful pain management alternative. Cox-2 inhibitors have been linked to a significant increase in stomach problems, bleeding, and other harmful side effects.
Precautions of Pain Meds
Pain drugs are a powerful tool for managing pain in a myriad of ways. Whether you’re suffering from long-term pain related to an accident or minor pain from a headache, proper use of pain medication can help restore your comfort and engage in your regular activities.
If your pain continues even after taking pain medications, you should always consult your doctor before choosing to take a new form of pain management. Never increase your dosage or switch to a new pain drug without approval.
Contact Your Doctor for More Information
If you’re ready to reduce your pain and start a pain management program that includes a range of therapy options, consider Allcure Spine & Sports Medicine.
Our comprehensive therapy options help you recover from an injury or restore your sense of comfort without resorting to stronger pain meds. For more information about our services and treatment options, contact us today.
“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
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– Thomas Edison