Narcotic Pain Relievers for Acute Neck Pain
acetaminophen and hydrocodone
|acetaminophen and oxycodone
|aspirin and oxycodone
How It Works
Narcotic medicines relieve pain by
altering the way you feel pain.
Why It Is Used
Narcotics are recommended only for
short-term treatment of severe, sudden (acute)
Because these medicines are
addictive, they are usually prescribed for a limited
time (1 to 2 weeks).
How Well It Works
Using narcotic medicines to treat
neck pain is not well studied.1
narcotic does relieve pain, it becomes less effective over time. The body
becomes more tolerant of narcotic medicine, and then a normal narcotic dosage
provides less effective pain relief.
Side effects include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Narcotics are not intended for use
"until all the pain goes away." They are intended to be used only for a few
days at the most. Your doctor will probably only prescribe enough to get you
through the most severe pain.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
Binder A (2008). Neck pain, search date May 2007.
Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.