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Which Pain Management Medications Are Addictive?

Sep 22, 2017 | Drug Addiction, QA

No one wants to live in pain. You doctor may prescribe addictive pain management medications as part of your treatment. There are multitude of reasons doctors prescribe addictive pain management medications. These can include recovery from surgery or an injury, or chronic pain. Regardless of what leads you to pain management medication, there are some things you should know.

There are a variety of types of pain management medications. Opiates are the most common addictive pain management medications prescribed. They reduce the intensity of pain signals sent to the brain which alter the perception of pain. They are best used to treat short term pain.

Opioids, when taken long-term, can create complications. These may include increased tolerance. They also may not interact well when taken with other pain medications or alcohol. Some examples of opiate pain medication include Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Morphine, and Oxycodone.

Muscle relaxants are also used to treat pain and can be addictive. They are most often prescribed for muscle spasms or muscle tightness. Some examples are Soma (Carisoprodol) and Valium (Diazepam). These also may be habit forming.

A final drug that can lead to addiction is Tramadol (Ultram). It is an opioid-like pain management medication that carries many of the same risks as opioids. If you have a history of drug or alcohol dependence it is important you share that with your doctor as you have an increased likelihood of developing an addiction.

There are a variety of alternatives to addictive pain management medications. The most commonly used are NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications treat inflammation which is often the root cause of pain. Another over the counter option is Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Tylenol is one pain management medication that can often be used in conjunction with other medications.

Other types of medications that are prescribed for pain include anticonvulsants and antidepressants. The first decreases nerve sensitivity. This could be shooting pain down the leg or post shingles pain. Antidepressants can increase pain tolerance in patients by increases substances in the brain.

When you are in pain, you want it to stop. Pain management medications can be a great resource for alleviating pain. There are other alternatives such as acupuncture, massage, and physical therapy. Work closely with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that is right for you now and your future health. Knowledge is power.

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