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What is the best pain killer for severe pain?
Severe pain is usually treated with narcotic pain relievers, such as Demerol, Morphine and Percodan. ALL of these meds are addictive, so they need to be taken only as prescribed, and never taken with alcohol. If the pain is due to inflammation of any type, such as arthritis, you may be better off taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), since they reduce the swelling that increases the pain, and helps the pain, as well. Your doctor can best assess your condition and determine which class of pain meds will work best for you.
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If you're already an opiate-tolerant patient (meaning you're already using Percocet, Vicodin, Dilaudid, MS-Contin, OxyContin, or something else), and your pain is chronic, the…re is no better medication than Duragesic (Fentanyl Transdermal Patches). OxyContin and Duragesic are currently the only 2 long dose pain drugs on the market (along with their generics). OxyContin lasts up to 12 hours (in reality, 7 or 8 if you're lucky), while Duragesic lasts from 48-72 hours. Having used both (see my Supervisor bio for a rundown of my own spinal problems), I can say that Fentanyl patches are by far the best medication for severe chronic pain. Switching to Fentanyl patches should not be considered lightly, though if you're using a lot of acute meds, it's a no-brainer. But for anyone who does use it, it's a quality-of-life decision that comes with a lot of restrictions due to the many regulations on Schedule 2 opiates. You're required to obtain new prescriptions every month (they can't be refilled or called in) from your doctor, you have to agree to only use one pharmacy (unless it's an emergency), and you can only get a month's supply. However, if your pain is bad enough, it's worth the hassle. There are other things to consider as well; Fentanyl is the strongest opiate on the planet, and using it means that the side effects are increased as well. If you've been using pain meds for some time it shouldn't be an issue, but it's important to educate friends and family to the reality that it can cause wide changes in mood and personality. That being said, severe pain does that anyway if you've got nothing to control it. But people that have never experienced this kind of pain can truly grasp the physical and mental toll it takes on a person, no matter how strong they are. Aside from mood swings, the other primary risk is becoming overheated. The patches deliver the dose transdermally (through the skin membrane), and is regulated by body heat. This means if you expose it to an external heat source (sun, heating pad, etc.), get a fever, or your core body temperature increases due to activity, it can increase the dosage delivery rate to the point where you'll become dizzy, disoriented, or if you're not as tolerant, respiratory depression and death can occur. Most of us who use it regularly don't have that problem though, but it's important to be aware that it can occur and know what to do if it does. If you have any specific questions about it, feel free to contact me through my WA email on my Supervisor Bio page.
The most common ones are: - Morphine - pethidine - Fentanyl - Codine - Methadone - Hydrocodone - Oxycodone
there are many including morphine, dilaudid, demerol, darvocet, fentanyl, and many more. There are several types of strong narcotic pain killers in use in both hospitals and a…vailable as prescription medications. Its important to note that some of these narcotic medications can be very effective intravenously. and less so orally or by other routes of administration. Some very strong narcotics most commonly used are: Fentanyl, Oxymorphone (Opana), Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Meperidine (Demerol), Oxycodone (Oxycontin/Oxycontin), Methadone, Morphine, and Nubain. Some weaker narcotics are Hydrocodone (Lorcet/Vicodin), Oxycodone with APAP (Percocet), Propoxyphene (Darvocet), and Ultram (Ultracet).
This will most likely depend on your chemical make-up and your metabolism. The best pain killer that I have come across is oxycodone (Percoset). I have tried many others like …morphine, dilaudid, and oxyxontin but none have worked for me. Again, depends on the person.
"Severe Pain" is subjective to each individual, so it depends on the underlying cause of the pain. If your pain tolerance is low, it might not take much to feel really bad. Wh…at might be excruciating for some people can be mild pain for people like me who have had extreme chronic pain for many years. Depending on the cause (structural damage, disease, bad surgery, etc. - I've got all 3) and the severity of the pain and how long it lasts (acute or chronic, where chronic is 24/7 and acute is occasionally), there are different drugs that will deal with each on their own terms. For Acute pain, Schedule 3 drugs like Vicodin are commonly prescribed. If you can get by with that, do so. For higher levels of pain, Schedule 2 drugs like Percocet can be prescribed, but that's a whole new world not to be considered lightly unless it's a quality of life decision, and the pain is severe enough and going to be with you for a long time. It's not just the dependence and side effects that come with it - it's how it affects you, your family and friends, and the fact that you're required to obtain new prescriptions every month from your doctor since they cannot be refilled. Trust me when I say if you like to travel, it can really put a damper on your life. Chronic drugs include Duragesic (Fentanyl) patches which last up 3 days, and OxyContin, which is the timed-release version of Oxycodone and lasts up to 12 hours. I used Oxy for a year before making the switch to Duragesic in 2000. OxyContin works well, but has a steep dropoff point that leaves you pretty drained. Duragesic by comparison takes several hours before you notice any withdrawal symptoms or increased pain levels. I've added a link to the American Pain Foundation site which I contribute to occasionally. You should download their Pain Notebook and start keeping a diary of your pain which is considered evidence by a doctor of your pain level and is used to prescribe pain medication. NEVER ask for pain medication or you'll be tagged a drug seeker - let them see your evidence (any pictures help also that can show the problem) and determine what to give you. Stick with pain specialists whose primary area of expertise is pain, and not someone like an Anesthesiologist who has a pain certification on the wall. You'll just waste your time.
A pain killer is an 'analgesic'.
pain killers are a type of drug that relieves pain
Yes. Most people with a doctor prescribed pain killer do because they are made to treat pain fast. To not get addicted, you should take a medication that you are not fond of… so you won't want to keep taking it after your pain. Yes however most people that use prescribed pain killers don't get addicted to the prescribed drugs because they use them for only a short period of time. And not all painkillers are addictive.
I take several pain killers for chronic pain and have been explained to by my doctor a little on how some specific ones work. Now I'm sure that all pain killers have many diff…erent ways of working but most have to do with the pain and inflamation. I take Tramadol which does two things it both inhances the amount of Seretonin in the brain and binds with certain opiod receptors in the body. (it works in the Central Nervous System and is classified as a weak narcotic) The other medicine I take is Naproxen (it is in Aleve but I take a prescription strength dosage). It works by reducing inflamation by reducing hormones that cause inflamation and pain in the body. Now these are only two types of pain relievers. Tramadol- a weak Narcotic- and Naproxen -an Non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drug-. I'm sure there are more but these in my experience are the two main ones given over the counter and by prescription for pain relief. I hope this has helped you.
Ativan or Xanax will do but the best is Oxycodone. edit: the best is Dilaudid/Hydromorphone. In IV form its basically heroin.
If the pain is caused by aching muscles then an NSAID (non-steroid anti inflammatory drug) may be best for you. They ease the inflammation that causes the soreness in your mus…cles but they an have adverse affects if you have stomach problems and can affect other medications so you need to check with your pharmacist. Some NSAID's come as a topical cream that you can rub into the affected area.
Advil, Tylenol or any aspirin if you do not want a prescription from the doctor/dentist. Different people, different medications. Some people actually apply crush aspirin to t…he affected tooth.
vicoden but only short term and if untolerabe. IBprofen is good as well but stomach aches are associated with it.
That depends on the reason for the pain. some conditions make it impossible to exercise as it is just too painful. However gentle exercise often helps keep the circulation aro…und joints keep moving and eventually reduces pain or discomfort. However it is always advisable to seek advise in these matters from a rheumatologist or a person experienced in these sorts of conditions.