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Analgesic Drugs - Pain Medications

Analgesics (also called painkillers, pain medications, pain relievers) are drugs designed to suppress the pain mechanism. Pain relief is a significant part of arthritis treatment.
  1. A - Z: Arthritis Drugs
  2. A - Z: Drug Costs
  3. A - Z: Drug Side Effects
  4. A - Z: Joint Pain
  5. A - Z: Pain Relief
  6. Acetaminophen - Tylenol (22)
  7. Codeine (13)
  8. Darvocet - Propoxyphene (Off the Market) (10)
  9. Darvon (Propoxyphene) (11)
  10. Duragesic - Fentanyl Patch (12)
  11. Hydromorphone (Palladone) (10)
  12. Morphine (MS Contin) (11)
  13. Oxycodone (OxyContin) (14)
  14. Percocet - Oxycodone/APAP (14)
  15. Percodan - Oxycodone/ASA (13)
  16. Prescription Drug Abuse
  17. Talwin NX (Pentazocine/NX) (11)
  18. Topical Analgesics
  19. Ultracet (Tramadol APAP) (17)
  20. Ultram (Tramadol) (15)
  21. Vicodin (Hydrocodone APAP) (15)

Facts About Analgesics (Painkillers)
Analgesic medications are drugs commonly referred to as painkillers.

When Are Pain Medications Appropriate for Arthritis Patients?
When is it appropriate for pain medications to be prescribed as treatment for chronic arthritis pain?

What's the Best Way to Take Pain Meds?
In an effort to avoid side effects or potential addiction, many patients take pain meds sporadically -- not on a routine schedule. What's the best way to take pain meds?

Safe Dose of Pain Medicine - Is It the Same for You and for Me?
Pain medicine is an important treatment option for arthritis. There are recognized dosages that are considered safe use of pain medicine. Is the safe dose of pain medicine the same for you and for me?

Reluctant to Use Pain Meds?
Has the fear of becoming addicted made you reluctant to take pain medications?

Tylenol (Acetaminophen) - 10 Things You Should Know
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a popular over-the-counter pain reliever. To maximize safe use, follow directions.

Opiate withdrawal
Opiate withdrawal is caused by stopping or greatly reducing use of an opiate after heavy and prolonged use. Opiates include morphine, codeine, Oxycontin, and others. When stopped, the body needs time to recover, and withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur when use is discontinued.

Opioid intoxication
Opium and its derivatives (which include morphine, oxycodone, and the synthetic opioid narcotics) generate an abnormal mental state, generally characterized by excessive sleepiness or unconsciousness (depending on the degree of intoxication), and usually associated with respiratory depression and small pupils.

Fecal Impaction
A fecal impaction is a large mass of dry, hard stool that can develop in the rectum due to chronic constipation. This mass may be so hard that it cannot be excreted. Watery stool from higher in the bowel may move around the mass and leak out. Patients at risk include those who take any type of narcotic pain medication.

Prialt (ziconotide intrathecal infusion): For Severe Chronic Pain
Prialt (ziconotide) is approved for severe chronic pain in patients for whom intrathecal therapy (an implantable drug delivery system) is indicated. These patients have severe pain for longer than six months from a variety of sources (such as failed back surgery, injury, nervous system disorders) and are not helped by or cannot use systemic analgesics, adjunctive therapies, or IT morphine.

Narcotic Analgesic Dosage Converter
A narcotic analgesic dosage converter, from Globalrph.

Opioid Therapy For OA Of The Hip And Knee: Use It Or Lose It?
An editorial about the appropriateness of opioid use for the treatment of osteoarthritis, from Journal of Rheumatology.

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