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Treatment and Therapy - Pain Medication

Narcotics (Opioids)

Narcotics, also known as opioids, are used to relieve severe and chronic pain. They are prescribed when other pain medications and therapies do not seem to work. These drugs are often used in combination with other medications such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and non-narcotic pain relievers. Opioids are the strongest pain medicines available and may become addictive if used on a long-term basis.

There are different types of opioids, which include:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic®) FDA Safety Warning July 2005
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®)
  • Meperidine (Demerol®)
  • Methadone (Dolophine®)
  • Morphine (MS Contin® and others)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin®)

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