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

  • 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

  • 8 Reasons to Get a Standing Desk

    April 16, 2015

    Sitting is bad, you knew that—but recent studies have confirmed that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for chronic disease. This includes heart disease, which cost the US almost $109 billion in 2010 alone according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including medications and other health care.

    What has also been revealed is that physical activity outside of work doesn’t take away all the ill effects of sitting. See More

  • Zohydro ER New Formulation: A Change for the Better

    February 13, 2015

    Our last article about Zohydro ER was an introduction to the first hydrocodone-ONLY capsule to hit the pharmacy shelves.

    Zohydro ER is prescribed to manage pain severe enough to need daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment, where other therapy options do not work.

    However, Zohydro ER had A LOT of healthcare professionals up in arms when it received approval by the FDA. As it was initially approved, Zohydro ER was a potent narcotic, but not formulated to prevent or discourage abuse. 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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