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

  • Is It Safe to Take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) with Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen)?

    July 21, 2015

    Yes, you can take them together, and they even work better in combination than separately. Several large studies have shown that ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) together work well to relieve pain, with few side effects. In fact, for many things like dental pain, they work better than many of the opioid-containing pain meds (like Vicodin or Norco).

    Why is the combination safe?

    Acetaminophen is cleared by the liver, while ibuprofen is cleared by the kidneys. See More

  • 5 Common Medications That Can Kill

    July 13, 2015

    You probably already know that many prescriptions have side effects. Most are mild—annoying issues like nausea or sleepiness that are inconvenient at worst. Others, however, can be deadly.

    A very small number of medications are responsible for the majority of adverse side effects and hospitalizations from harmful drug reactions. How bad are these drugs? Between 2007 to 2009, almost 100,000 patients older than 65 had emergency hospitalizations for dangerous drug reactions, and almost 20,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses annually. See More

  • Do Topical Medications Voltaren, Pennsaid, and Flector Work for Pain?

    April 30, 2015

    Joint pain from arthritis, an injury, or overuse often requires the use of anti-inflammatory medications. Many people hate taking pills by mouth because they can be hard on the stomach and kidneys. But do the topical options work? What are your options and which is the best?

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) topical options:

    In the United States, three topical NSAID products are approved to treat pain including Voltaren Gel (diclofenac sodium 1%), Pennsaid topical solution (diclofenac sodium 1. See More

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Popular Pain Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Vicodin
(hydrocodone/acetaminophen)
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 17 See Prices
Norco
(hydrocodone/acetaminophen, lorcet)
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 17 See Prices
Lortab
(hydrocodone/acetaminophen, lorcet, zolvit)
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 17 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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