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How do narcotics relieve arthritis pain?

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Unlike ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, or other NSAID drugs, narcotics do not decrease the inflammation that occurs with arthritis. Narcotic drugs work on pain receptors in the brain to relieve pain.

If you have pain that isn't relieved by a narcotic drug or NSAID alone, speak to your doctor about combining the two. In some cases, an NSAID/narcotic combination may relieve pain better than either alone.

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Arthritis Foundation.

FDA: "Opioid Medications."

MedlinePlus. 

Medscape. “FDA Okays Naldemedine ( ) for Opioid Constipation.” Symproic

News release, FDA.

UpToDate.com.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 31, 2017

SOURCE:

Arthritis Foundation.

FDA: "Opioid Medications."

MedlinePlus. 

Medscape. “FDA Okays Naldemedine ( ) for Opioid Constipation.” Symproic

News release, FDA.

UpToDate.com.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 31, 2017

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