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Are Pain Relievers Stimulants
Yes: The national problem which you will not see in the news is the federal dea early december ordered a 40% reduction in opoid production, and distribution nationwide. The have threatened fines and imprisonment to any entity that does not comply. This means that legitimate chronic pain patients will be unable to find their usual prescribed medication anywhere. The ama has filed a lawsuit re the above. ...Read more
OTC Meds & Addiction: Virtually all of the otc pain medications in the us do not activate the disease of addiction. While the otc pain medications may not activate addiction or cause physical dependence, they are still extremely dangerous if taken in excess and can cause liver and kidney failure and intestinal bleeding. Some countries like canada do have otc pain medications that can activate addiction (codeine). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Unsure if you mean: Over the counter or just generally? There are no otc meds as strong as tramadol. As for generally, it is a moderately strong pain medication but most of the narcotics are stepwise stronger than tramadol, but this does not mean they are more effective. Tramadol is a fairly safe and very effective pain medication. If you are noticing any side effects, speak with your physician. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Are there any other OTC pain relievers besides acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium?
See below: Those are the main ones except for topical creams and ointments over the counter. ...Read more
OTC = Aleve (naproxen): Advil=motrin=ibuprofen. Aleve (naproxen) is Naproxen and in same class as ibuprofen. So for otc pain relieve of same class, these are the only ones. Aspirin also has some characteristic of advil, but it belongs to a class called salicylate. Tylenol=acetaminophen is also a pain reliever, but entirely different class--not related to advil/aleve/aspirin at all. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Are there any other non opiate pain killers besides 'tramadol' to control abdominal and stomach pains?
Tramadol technically: is an opiate. It is a synthetic opiate receptor binding drug and is effective for mild to moderate pain. There are many modalities for treating pain other than medication alone. If this is a chronic problem you may wish to speak with a pain specialist (in fact I strongly recommend this). NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also helpful for pain, but have significant potential for adverse effect ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Usually yes: But you need to know what the cause of you pain is rather that just taking pain meds for no reason. Get rid of the cause and stop the need to treat the pain, . ...Read more
Addiction vs : Dependence. Chronic administration of narcotic analgesics will result in a physical dependence, meaning that the body accommodates to a number of the medication effects and if suddenly stopped the person will go through a withdrawal. Addiction is a pattern of maladative use leading to an inability to function normally. Chronic pain patients on appropriate medication can function well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer