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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

  • Can Pain Med Tramadol Cause Low Blood Sugar?

    July 13, 2016

    Tramadol (Ultram) is prescribed for pain more than ever, with new recommendations to limit the use of opioid analgesics. Tramadol is a non-opioid that works on the opiate receptors. Unlike other opioids (like hydrocodone and codeine), tramadol doesn’t affect your breathing or heart. It’s a good option for trying to avoid opioids if NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen) aren’t recommended for you. See More

  • FDA Requires New Warning on Opioid Pain Medications

    June 15, 2016

    The FDA has issued a new required warning for all opioid pain medications. If you are taking an opioid, you should be aware of a few potential side effects, including reactions with other medications, and effects on hormone levels.

    What are some examples of opioid medications?

    Opioids are powerful prescription-only medications, used to manage manage pain when other treatments may not work. Some common opiods include:

    Why exactly was the FDA safety alert issued?

    The FDA identified some safety concerns for anyone using opioid pain medications:

    • They can interact with many other medications
    • They can cause problems with a person’s adrenal glands
    • They can decrease sex hormone levels

    What kind of medications can react with opioids?

    Specifically, opioids may react with antidepressants and migraine medications. See More

  • Oxycontin Receives Pediatric Dosing Approval

    March 04, 2016

    Oxycontin (oxycodone ER) is an extremely strong prescription pain medication, previously approved for adult use only. Now, the FDA has also approved it for use in children 11 to 16 years of age.

    The approval has caused some outrage, and has many people questioning why the FDA would allow such a powerful and addictive medication to be prescribed for young children.

    On the other hand—children usually don’t experience the chronic type of pain that adults do, so the use of Oxycontin will be limited to a few specific, medically necessary situations. See More

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Popular Pain Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 14 See Prices
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 14 See Prices
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 14 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.

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