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Examples of narcotics include:
Fentanyl (Duragesic) -- available as a patch:
Morphine (MS Contin)
Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan)
Carisoprodol (Soma) -- may be more addictive than others
Diazepam (Valium-belongs to the drug class of benzodiazepines)
Antidepressants most often used for back pain are:
Amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep)
Nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl)
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It's different for everyone. First thing to look at is the cause of the pain, meds may not be the answer and shouldn't be considered unless we're talking significant damage. Age is also a factor. So an accurate diagnosis is the first thing before pain meds are considered. There is no "best" except what you & your Dr. decide is 1. Needed and 2. Works best for you. Hope this helps.
Have you considered a tens unit? My son uses that in conjunction with pain killer. He has a transmitter that has 4 electrodes with sticky patches. I put them on where his back was injured. He pushes a button and it helps to kill the pain. It helps to keep him more alert. He's a 100% disabled vet-so he had serious trauma-back surgeries, etc. Also acupuncture helps him. This way, he can still drive himself around about 80% of the time.
I am on Tramadol and have had excruciating pain for 9 days now... Christmas cooking, etc. did me in, I guess! Went to my ortho doc and he took xrays of left knee, both hips and my back and could not find anything so assumes it is a pinched nerve in my back. He suggested an injection from the back doctor but I refused... the tramadol does not seem to help that much and I am extremely sensitive to most medications. My butt hurts, groin hurts, knee where prosthesis hurts and lower back hurts! Horrible pain. Will call the doctor again to see if there is something else I can take. Oh he ordered the ice packs which I did... no help. Also physical therapy. Does anyone have an inkling as to what to get to get rid of this horrible pain? Hope yours gets better and let me know what helped okay?
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