Opioids are powerful pain relievers. Unlike steroids or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, these do not cause bone or kidney damage. However, this does not mean these are healthy. Read more: How Are Opioids Healthy? Article
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What Is the Recommended Pain Reliever for COVID-19?
Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) can all be used for pain relief from COVID-19 body aches if they are taken in the recommended doses.
Chronic pain is pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) that persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast to acute pain that arises suddenly in response to a specific injury and is usually treatable, chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments.
What Is the Most Common Treatment for Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is long-lasting and persistent and lasts for months or years. The most common treatments for chronic pain are NSAIDs, acetaminophen, COX-2 inhibitors, antidepressants and anti-seizure medicines, and opioids.
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What is sciatica? Learn what exercises and home remedies can help ease your sciatica symptoms and speed up your recovery.
Pain Relief Options for Childbirth
Women experience and tolerate pain differently. For some pregnant women, focused breathing is all they need to get through labor and childbirth; but for others, numbing of the pain is desired. There are a number of different medications a woman can take during labor and childbirth. It is important for you to learn what pain relief options are available. Please discuss the options with your health care professional well before your "birth day" so that when you are in labor you understand the choices.
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Are Any Opioids Safe?
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What Is a Mild Pain Reliever?
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Should You Avoid Pain Relievers Before Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine?
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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- Tramadol vs. Hydrocodone
- Lyrica vs. Gabapentin: Differences between Pain Relief and Uses
- OTC Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers
- Benzodiazepines vs. Narcotics (Opioids)
- Codeine Side Effects, Warnings, and Interactions
- What Are Opioid Equivalents and Conversions?
- Olinvyk (oliceridine)
Prevention & Wellness
- Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without Opioids
- Opioid Use a Hazard for Young Patients Battling Sarcomas
- Opioid Overdose Antidote Urged for Schools After Student's Fentanyl Death
- Opioid Addiction Treatment in Jail Could Change Lives
- Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans
- Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study
- Opioid Overdoses Rose by a Third During Pandemic
- Do You Live in a U.S. Opioid OD Hotspot?
- Opioids After Dental Work May Be Dangerous
- CBD: Pain Reliever or Placebo?
- Most Post-Surgical Opioids Go Unused: Study
- Opioid Use (and Overuse) for Knee Arthritis Takes Big Financial Toll
- Opioid Addiction Relapse May Be Different for Men, Women
- Many Using Cannabis for Pain Take Opioids, Too
- Health Tip: Need Pain Relief?
- Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction
- Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse
- Opioids: What Patients -- and Doctors -- Think
- Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain
- Health Tip: Sleeping With Chronic Pain
- Health Tip: Coping With Chronic Pain
- Prescriptions for Powerful Painkillers Vary Widely Among States: CDC
- Health Tip: Deal With Chronic Pain
- Opioids Not Winning the Battle Against Pain, Study Suggests
- Health Tip: Are You Taking Opioids as Prescribed?
- Drug Addicts, Dealers Are 'Doctor Shopping' for Pain Pills
- Chronic Pain Often Follows Stroke
- Health Tip: In Chronic Pain?
- Pain Relief Strategy: Cross Your Arms?
- Opioid Painkillers Linked to Birth Defects
- Common Pain Relievers Raise Heart Risk for Healthy Folks
- Acupuncture Delivers Some Pain Relief
- Pain Relievers May Reduce Cancer Risk
- Prescription Pain Relievers Can Kill You
- Chronic Pain: Does Vitamin D Help?
- Chronic Pain: Specific References for Chronic Pain
- Ulcers: Everyday Pain Relief
- Ulcers and Pain Relievers
- Asthma: Everyday Pain Relief
- Asthma and Pain Relievers
- High Blood Pressure and Pain Relievers
- Aging: Baby Boomer Pain Relief
- Chronic Pain: Living With Pain
- Pain Relief Without Pills
- Chronic Pain: The Cost of Pain
- Chronic Pain: The Price Tag on Pain
- Chronic Pain: Thinking Pain Away
- Chronic Pain: The Attraction of Magnet Therapy
- Pain Relievers Use Caution
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