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best OTC pain medication to take daily for chronic pain

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. MANOHAR CHENCHUGALLA
23 years experience Family Medicine
Narcotics/Neurologic: For several reasons some people have severe chronic pain who need narcotic pain meds and nerve stabilizing or neurologic meds like Neurontin and lyric ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Any specific group?: There are many different chronic pain medicines, and each one has advantages, side effects and risks. Some types of pain respond better to certain med ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Yes: I am a big fan of behavioral modification. Many chronic pain patients can adequately manage their pain with counseling regarding biofeedback and copi ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
34 years experience Addiction Medicine
See below: The problem is that one may be maintaining a opioid physical tolerance. If using the short acting forms of tramadol , one might be having mild withdr ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
There is no specific: restriction to the OTC pain medications you can take while on Atenolol. Follow the directions on the bottle.
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kavita Gupta
37 years experience Pain Management
Over the counter: Anti-inflammatories (ie Motrin / alleve) can be helpful but used in warning with high cardiovascular risk and GI ulcer. Acetominophen ( tylenol) is ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Moran
18 years experience Pain Management
Depends: Depends on type of pain. In general, tylenol (acetaminophen) and nsaids are first line. Just because on NSAID does not work does not mean another on ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
OTC NSAIDs & Tylenol (acetaminophen): Unfortunately, there are no muscle relaxants that are for over-the-counter use. If needed use OTC NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and infla ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Addiction: Taking two opiates at the same time can be found under some extreme pain management plan. But, if this is something you are asking on your own without ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Capehart
19 years experience Dentistry
OTC Pain Relief: Aleve can be taken 200 mg Naproxen every 8-12 hours and 400 mg initial dose for adults. Tylenol (acetaminophen) usually is 325-650 mg every 4-6 hours ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Savella (milnacipran): Yes savella (milnacipran) can be tried in chronic pain.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Haake
22 years experience Anesthesiology
No: Drinking alcohol is not a treatment for chronic pain. There are risks to taking prescription pain medications as well. If you are thinking of drinki ... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Yes you can.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
44 years experience Family Medicine
Aspirin: My personal opinion is aspirin. Still have to worry about stomach upset and ulcers. Getting positive cardiac effects plus pain relief.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gabriel Labbad
Specializes in General Practice
NSAIDs: Hi RubyM927, please see your doctor to confirm your chest pain is caused by costochondritis and not something more serious. In addition, make sure you ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
22 years experience Pain Management
ASK YOUR SURGEON: After a tonsillectomy, or any surgery, there is concern about bleeding. Over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medicines like advil, motrin, aleve, ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
OK to mix: Gabapentin is metabolized via the kidney and has no substantial drug reaction with tramadol. Both could cause drowsiness and dizziness, and this coul ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manuel Lopez diaz
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
Go to your doctor: You may need to go to your doctor and maybe change your treatment.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Not Ibuprofen.: Two nsaids simultaneously is asking for trouble. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is less of a problem, but do not overdose.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
57 years experience Psychiatry
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Moran
18 years experience Pain Management
Options: Many non narcotic meds are available. Muscle relaxants, anti inflammatories, nerve calming meds, topical creams, numbing meds, and otc meds. I would ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
2nd generation: antihistamines are best, because they do not increase sedation, and don't have major interactions or effects on sedation. They are all pretty much OT ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Warm baths: Frequent hot baths or hot packs could be helpful.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Muhammad Arif
24 years experience Pain Management
Fibromyalgia : Tylenol (acetaminophen) is usually considered the safest however, all medications have their inherent side effects. Discuss this with the physician wh ... Read More
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