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What OTC pain medicine is best for back pain.?

What OTC pain medicine is best for back pain.?

Not a best: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them. In that situation can consider acetaminophen. ...Read more

Analgesic (Definition)

An analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to ...Read more


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What pain relievers and cold medicines are safe for pregnant women?

What pain relievers and cold medicines are safe for pregnant women?

Pregnancy medication: Most commonly used pain medications (NSAIDs) and over the counter cough, cold medications are not safe in Pregnancy. However they may not be absolutely contraindicated. Please consult your family physician or Obstetrician before taking any medications in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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How do I handle a situation where the doctor won't prescribe me strong enough pain medicine?

How do I handle a situation where the doctor won't prescribe me strong enough pain medicine?

Pain medicine: I would need to know some specifics, like which medication do you think you need and for what kind of a problem. I would also need to know the reason you were denied the medication. Doctors now a days, are careful about prescribing addictive drugs. ...Read more

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What is good timeline for withdrawal from oxycontin? Was on 120 mg for 2.5 months now need to get off the pain relievers at prescribed rate.

What is good timeline for withdrawal from oxycontin? Was on 120 mg for 2.5 months now need to get off the pain relievers at prescribed rate.

Get help: A very gradual taper will help minimize with drawal symptoms. 120 mg is a lot of oxycodone if you have been using that much everyday. You need to get some help through a drug rehab program. At least outpatient and possibly inpatient treatment through a good substance abuse program will give you the help you need. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Consider seeing a physical therapist
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Can one use pain relief medicine for itches?

Can one use pain relief medicine for itches?

Itches: Not usually. Using pain medications for an itch may blunt the itch feeling but you will still itch. You have to find out why you have the itch. Topical creams may help. ...Read more

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I had fibroadenoma operation 3 yrs back and from 3 yrs I m feeling pain I used many medicines but did not work. I want my pain to get treated?

I had fibroadenoma operation 3 yrs back and from 3 yrs I m feeling pain I used many medicines but did not work. I want my pain to get treated?

Fibrocystic changes: You could have fibrocystic changes. This is the most common cause of breast pain. It can be aggravated by caffeine, stress, menstrual cycle and hormonal supplements. I recommend you get a full evaluation by a breast specialist. ...Read more

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Living with Ongoing Pain (Checklist)

Go to a physician who is trained to treat chronic pain
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Continue to look for more therapies that might be right for you
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Make sure to keep moving, as pain will only get worse
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Consider counseling for coping strategies
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What is a effective pain medicine that's not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

What is a effective pain medicine that's not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

Md consult: Your doctor would decide medication for you- if you have chemo I would not worry about addiction issues. The latest pain patch i'n market is butrens and there are lots of combination pills with opioid and a blocker. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in my top buttock and bottom stomach in my legs so bad it make it hard for me to stand bend or walk I been in pain for three weeks straight no pain medicine work

I have severe pain in my top buttock and bottom stomach in my legs so bad it make it hard for me to stand bend or walk I been in pain for three weeks straight no pain medicine work

See pain management: You may have a herniated disk in your spine or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. See a pain management doctor. You will likely need an MRI of your back. You may need physical therapy and an injection in your back. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

See your doctor for an evaluation
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Have a pelvic exam
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Have an ultrasound
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Does paracetamol have lower toxicity than other analgesic and how safe is it to take for headache?

Does paracetamol have lower toxicity than other analgesic and how safe is it to take for headache?

See below: Lower toxicity? No. Different. Tylenol (acetaminophen) toxicity is in the liver. Other nsaids tend to have more kidney effects. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is certainly safe for a headache. ...Read more

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I'm on 100 mg of methadone for heroin addiction. I've been on it for 30 days. Lately my fingers and wrists are painful to move. Is it a side effect?

I'm on 100 mg of methadone for heroin addiction. I've been on it for 30 days. Lately my fingers and wrists are painful to move. Is it a side effect?

More than likely: A relatively common side effect of Methadone is swelling of the hands and feet that may result in your wrist and fingers being stiff and sore. Methadone has a 5 day half life so it takes about 17 days to clear your system. If you have insurance, Suboxone may be a better alternative to detox as the cost without insurance is over $350 monthly. Suboxone is also an easier drug to get off of. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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What are the side effects of taking pain relievers almost every day?

What are the side effects of taking pain relievers almost every day?

All depends: Usual side effects such as sedation, constipation, altered mental status would be immediate or early on when starting the medications. Long term effects can lead to hormone imbalance, osteoporosis, liver and kidney disfunction. Of course abuse and addiction are always a risk but this varies from patient to patient. Many who take daily will become dependent on the medication as well. ...Read more

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Am I on too many pain medicines? I am currently on norgesic, lyrica, (pregabalin) arcoxia, amitripyline, for my herniated disc.

See below: Sometimes, it takes more than one medication to treat a condition. The more important question is: are the medications helping or not helping. The second important question is : if the medications are causing side effects. Hopefully if they are helping you will not have to stay on them indefinitiely as most symptoms from a disc herniation calm down eventually. ...Read more

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My dad had an accident 3 weeks ago. He got a muscle knot on his neck which pains alot. No amount of pain relievers or physical therapy has helped. Help?

My dad had an accident 3 weeks ago. He got a muscle knot on his neck which pains alot. No amount of pain relievers or physical therapy has helped. Help?

Get checked out: See a physician if you have not already. He should get it checked out with an x-ray or ct. Things should be better in three weeks. ...Read more

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What pain relievers and cold medicines are safe for pregnant women?

Pregnancy medication: Most commonly used pain medications (NSAIDs) and over the counter cough, cold medications are not safe in Pregnancy. However they may not be absolutely contraindicated. Please consult your family physician or Obstetrician before taking any medications in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take 2 different pain relievers together?

Is it bad to take 2 different pain relievers together?

Depends: You have to clarify what type of pain relievers are you talking about. Are you talking about opioids? Nsaids? Etc. Why are needing pain relievers? Where is the pain? Have your doctor check you. ...Read more

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Could pain relievers stop the cause of the pain or do they just stop the pain?

Treats pain: It does not treat the cause. You need your fracture treated, your appendix removed or the body otherwise has to heal itself. ...Read more

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Any stats on over-the-counter pain relievers?

Stats OTC: The fact that they are otc - there is no interest in collecting stats as there is no money to be made from that data. ...Read more

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What are the side effects from pain relievers?

Pain relievers: If they are opioids - excessive sedation, lack of concentration, nausea, vomiting, breathing issues.
If they are nsaid's - heartburn, bleeding issues/bruising. ...Read more

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Can taking headake/pain relievers damage my kidney?

Can taking headake/pain relievers damage my kidney?

Absolutely: This entity, called analgesic nephropathy, was in fact one of the most common reason for people developing kidney failure and needing dialysis. I wrote a detailed article on this. Here is a link:

http://www. Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/06/how-do-some-over-counter-pain. Html. ...Read more