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What medicines can help you manage pain?

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Your doctor will consider what’s causing your pain, how long you’ve had it, how intense it is, and what medications will help.

These may include OTC pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Or you may need stronger prescription medications, such as steroids, morphine, codeine, or anesthesia.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take your medication, how much relief to expect, and what the side effects are.

SOURCES:

Nurse.com: "Pain Management Basics."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Pain Management."

Healthinaging.org: "Pain Management: Basic Facts & Information."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Patient Information: Spinal Cord Stimulation.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chronic Pain,” “Spinal Manipulation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” “Pain: Hope Through Research.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Nurse.com: "Pain Management Basics."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Pain Management."

Healthinaging.org: "Pain Management: Basic Facts & Information."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Patient Information: Spinal Cord Stimulation.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chronic Pain,” “Spinal Manipulation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” “Pain: Hope Through Research.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 15, 2017

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