Pain

What is Pain?

Pain can be a symptom of many conditions, and it's one of the most common reasons for a visit to the doctor or emergency room. It is typically classified based on where the pain is located, how intense and long-lasting it is, any pattern in when the pain occurs, and possible causes.

Treatment depends on the severity, type, and location of the pain. Pain management options can include medication and surgery based on the underlying cause. NSAIDs, opioids, opioid / acetaminophen combinations, opioid agonist/antagonists, opioid / NSAID combinations, and local anesthetics are commonly used to treat pain.

Savings Tips for Pain

  • Top Reasons Why NSAIDs Should Be the New Hydrocodone

    October 21, 2014

    Pain is complex, so there is no “one pill fits all” treatment. Hydrocodone is the most prescribed medication in the United States, also marketed in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol) under the brand names Vicodin, Norco and Lortab.

    As of October 6, 2014, all drugs containing hydrocodone are schedule II drugs, and that means they are now much harder to get. There is no question this is a hassle for some patients and physicians but we (doctors) are too quick to prescribe it and for most pain, you don’t really need hydrocodone. See More

  • 40+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2015

    August 20, 2014

    For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.

    What are Express Scripts and Caremark?

    Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More

  • Reminder: Tramadol Is Now a Controlled Substance

    August 13, 2014

    Remember—effective Monday, August 18, 2014, tramadol (Ultram) and any products that contain tramadol, including Ultracet (tramadol/acetaminophen), Ultram ER (tramadol ER), or Conzip, will be considered schedule IV substances.

    This means ANY medications containing tramadol will now have stricter rules for dispensing. This may affect your current prescription as well as your future prescriptions if you regularly take these medications. See More

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Popular Pain Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Vicodin
(hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 12 See Prices
Norco
(hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 12 See Prices
Xodol
(hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 12 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Pain Drug Classes

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