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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

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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?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) is your best bet. It's very safe, easy on your kidneys and the placenta. Keep hydrated, get extra rest. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use 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 wont prescribe me strong enough pain medicine?

How do I handle a situation where the doctor wont 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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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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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)

Be sure correct diagnosis is made
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Only go to a pain physician 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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Keep moving. Do not let pain sideline you. Pain will only get worse.
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What is a effective pain medicine thats not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

What is a effective pain medicine thats 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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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

office evaluation
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pelvic exam
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ultrasound
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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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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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Im 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?

Im 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 oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request 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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