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Which is better for neck pain relief after a car accident - naproxen or hydrocodone?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Both can help
These medications are in 2 different classes.
Naproxen is an NSAID and hydrocodone is an opioid and probably also has tylenol. If you don't have major kidney disease or stomach ulcers, Naproxen should be the safer of the 2. If inadequate, hydrocodone can be added until no longer needed. Use all meds as directed and carefully note all sources of acetaminophen/tylenol-3000mg/day max!

In brief: Both can help
These medications are in 2 different classes.
Naproxen is an NSAID and hydrocodone is an opioid and probably also has tylenol. If you don't have major kidney disease or stomach ulcers, Naproxen should be the safer of the 2. If inadequate, hydrocodone can be added until no longer needed. Use all meds as directed and carefully note all sources of acetaminophen/tylenol-3000mg/day max!
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Brian Le
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Pain killers
Hydrocodone is an opioid. They are both used to treat pain. The best pain killer for the pain is the one that relieves your pain. It can be over the counter medication like Ibuprofen or tylenol, (acetaminophen) or prescription medication.

In brief: Pain killers
Hydrocodone is an opioid. They are both used to treat pain. The best pain killer for the pain is the one that relieves your pain. It can be over the counter medication like Ibuprofen or tylenol, (acetaminophen) or prescription medication.
Dr. Brian Le
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Opioids like hydrocodone have serious tachyphylaxis - they become much less effective the longer you use them. Short term use only!
Dr. Karl Haake
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Naproxen
The best medication for pain relief after a car accident is naproxen.
Hydrocodone is a narcotic. It may give temporary relief but it is not a long term answer for this type of pain. It can cause dependence and long-term studies do not show any long-term benefit to the use of hydrocodone. When weighing the risks, Naproxen is a better choice.

In brief: Naproxen
The best medication for pain relief after a car accident is naproxen.
Hydrocodone is a narcotic. It may give temporary relief but it is not a long term answer for this type of pain. It can cause dependence and long-term studies do not show any long-term benefit to the use of hydrocodone. When weighing the risks, Naproxen is a better choice.
Dr. Karl Haake
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