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

  • Embeda Is Back: New Pain Med with Improved Safety

    October 31, 2014

    Embeda is a schedule II extended-release narcotic used for the management of severe pain that requires daily, around-the-clock treatment on a long-term basis. It contains extended-release morphine as well as the abuse deterrent naltrexone.

    The new formulation of Embeda has properties that are expected to reduce, but not totally prevent, abuse of the medication. Naltrexone is thought to prevent the euphoric effect of the medication if it is crushed, chewed, or dissolved for snorting or injecting. See More

  • Is Celebrex Better Than Ibuprofen?

    October 29, 2014

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for the treatment of acute pain and chronic inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases. The long term use of NSAIDS is restricted by the occurrence of upper gastrointestinal (GI) complications such as ulcers and bleeding.

    Celebrex is a more selective NSAID which is marketed as having fewer GI side effects and similar effectiveness. Celebrex is more expensive and prescription-only, but is it better than ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)? Let’s look. See More

  • 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

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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, lorcet)
Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations 12 See Prices
Lortab
(hydrocodone/acetaminophen, lorcet, zolvit)
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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