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Medications for Pain

About Pain:  An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.

Drugs Used to Treat Pain

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Activity
codeine C 2 X 38 reviews 7.6

Generic name: codeine systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics, antitussives

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Fentanyl Transdermal System C 2 X 28 reviews 8.3

Generic name: fentanyl systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Motrin C N X 3 reviews 9.7

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Tylenol Arthritis Pain C N X 3 reviews 7.0

Generic name: acetaminophen systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Advil C N X 5 reviews 7.6

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

morphine C 2 X 167 reviews 7.9

Generic name: morphine systemic

Brand names:  MS Contin, Kadian, Astramorph PF, Duramorph, Duramorph PF, Infumorph, Mitigo …show all

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

aspirin N N X 10 reviews 7.3

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Brand names:  Arthritis Pain, Bayer Aspirin, Ascriptin, Aspergum, Aspiritab, Aspirtab, Bayer Aspirin Extra Strength Plus, Bufferin, Easprin, Ecotrin, Ecpirin, Entercote, Fasprin, Genacote, Halfprin, Norwich Aspirin …show all

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

methadone C 2 X 162 reviews 8.7

Generic name: methadone systemic

Brand names:  Dolophine, Methadone Diskets, Methadose

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Voltaren D N X 49 reviews 7.6

Generic name: diclofenac systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Aleve C N X 22 reviews 7.1

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

hydromorphone C 2 X 283 reviews 8.1

Generic name: hydromorphone systemic

Brand name:  Dilaudid

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Roxicodone N 2 X 29 reviews 8.9

Generic name: oxycodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Voltaren Gel C N 142 reviews 7.5

Generic name: diclofenac topical

Drug class: topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatories

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Demerol C 2 X 63 reviews 9.5

Generic name: meperidine systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

acetaminophen / oxycodone C 2 X 424 reviews 8.3

Generic name: acetaminophen / oxycodone systemic

Brand names:  Percocet, Endocet, Roxicet, Nalocet, Primlev, Prolate, Xolox …show all

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

diclofenac D N X 167 reviews 7.5

Generic name: diclofenac systemic

Brand names:  Voltaren, Cataflam, Zipsor, Zorvolex …show all

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Nucynta C 2 X 259 reviews 6.2

Generic name: tapentadol systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Tylenol with Codeine #3 C M X 115 reviews 4.6

Generic name: acetaminophen / codeine systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

amitriptyline C N X 225 reviews 7.7

Generic name: amitriptyline systemic

Drug class: tricyclic antidepressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

ketorolac C N X 323 reviews 6.8

Generic name: ketorolac systemic

Brand name:  Sprix

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Ultram C 4 X 121 reviews 6.2

Generic name: tramadol systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

naproxen C N X 87 reviews 6.3

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Brand names:  Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox-DS, Aflaxen, All Day Pain Relief, All Day Relief, Anaprox, EC-Naprosyn, Flanax Pain Reliever, Midol Extended Relief, Naprelan …show all

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Paracetamol C N X 8 reviews 4.0

Generic name: acetaminophen systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Celebrex C N 84 reviews 7.2

Generic name: celecoxib systemic

Drug class: cox-2 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Lortab C 2 X 90 reviews 8.2

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Topics under Pain

Alternative treatments for Pain

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Pain. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Pain.

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Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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