Topical pain relief comes in a variety of in gels, creams, sprays and patches. But what’s really best for certain kinds of pain? A pain specialist shares what you need to know.
The pain is relentless, but is it OK to reach for OTC pain killers every day of the week? Can there be too much of a good thing? Read on to find out how pain relievers work and just how much you can safely take.
NSAID use is widespread among those who exercise vigorously. But is relying on painkillers to power through your workouts a safe strategy?
When it comes to prescription pain medications, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Here’s how to separate fact from fiction.
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Opioids that help manage chronic pain can cause breathing problems for some people. If that’s the case for you, there are plenty of other ways to control your pain.
When we take them at the right dosage and under a physician’s care, drugs offer many benefits. It’s also important to be aware of possible side effects. Below, find commonly used drugs and some caveats about their use. OTC pain meds, prescriptions and supplements Over-the-counter medicines, common prescriptions, and nutritional supplements can have serious effects … Read More
More and more, we are hearing about the use and abuse of opioid pain medications in recent years. Experts say the widespread abuse of this class of drugs started more than two decades ago. Across the country today, healthcare authorities are paying much more attention to the problem, and doctors are taking this into consideration … Read More
Opioids— drugs like OxyContin® and Percocet® — are powerful painkillers. But opioids aren’t usually best for chronic pain. “Today, pain specialists rarely prescribe opioids for chronic pain unless it’s cancer-related,” says Richard W. Rosenquist, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. Lessons learned It wasn’t always that way. From late 1980s through early 2000s, … Read More
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For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn people with chronic, ongoing pain to avoid long-term use of common remedies such as Tylenol® or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve® and Advil®. Hong Shen, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic, cautions that using … Read More