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No such thing: It is not what is most effective, it is what is best for you. I am sure your doctor will choose the safest type of opioid to treat your pain and see how you respond. If you do not respond, then he/she may try a different opioid. The most important thing is to find out what is causing a pain bad enough to require and opioid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the strongest med.: percocet, fentanyl patch, dilaudid, or norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)?
Yes it may be: Is a muscle relaxant.It works by blocking nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. Norflex (orphenadrine) has euphoric effects. Therefore, potential addiction or habit-forming is a good possibility. The medicine should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. The mood elevating effects may occur even at therapeutic doses of the drug. ...Read more
Better for what???: Opioids may be all that a person needs for acute pain (broken bone, sprained ankle) but is NEVER the primary treatment of ANY chronic pain. Each of these drugs has a different half-life, side effect and safety profile, and some are better for some people, and some are more dangerous in some people. Methadone is the most dangerous, particularly when given by doctors with less experience using it. ...Read more
An opioid analgesic: demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) or meperidine is a opioid-based pain medication. Its action, risks and side effects are somehwat similar to morphine. It can be dangerous if used in combination of certain antidepressants (such as SSRIs or MAOs). UNlike other narcotics (opioids) it does not constrict pupils. It is often used to reduce shivering after anesthesia. ...Read more