Pain relievers are most often analgesics such as acetaminophen and paracetamol. These drugs are commonly used to treat mild to moderate pain as well as fevers. Also available are narcotic pain relievers such as codeine. They may be used along with analgesics in order to increase their potency. This may be used to treat severe pain, migraine headaches, dental pain or menstrual pain. Finally, there are also anti-inflammatories that are used to treat pain caused by inflammation, which could be brought on by sports injuries or arthritis, for example. Common pain conditions include both chronic and acute pain such as: musculoskeletal pain, cancer pain, pain associated with other conditions and neuropathy pain.
Arthritis pain relievers include prescription medications such as NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors, DMARDs, corticosteroids, analgesics, narcotics and anti-inflammatories. With all of these different drugs to choose from, it can be difficult to tell which is right for you. Most doctors will make the decision for you based on the information that you give them, so make sure you describe your pain as specifically as possible. You may also be interested in making use of a natural pain reliever as most of the aforementioned drugs have side effects such as stomach bleeding – which, in rare cases, can lead to death.
Some of the more popular pain relievers include: Ultracet, codeine, oxycodone, Actron, Celebrex, Aleve and others. Pain relievers can be formulated in several combinations to reduce risk and increase potency, such as paracetamol and codeine preparations. Ultracet is a compound made up of tramadol and acetaminophen, and is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
In the United States there has been an increase in addiction to painkillers, especially oxycodone and hydrocodone. One way that doctors are able to decrease the chance of addiction is to combine these potent narcotics with less potent drugs such as analgesics.