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Drugs: Relief and Addiction


9 Potential Side Effects of Opioid Medications

Learn the potential side effects of opioid medications and how you can treat them.   View slideshow


Dr. Russell Portenoy, a Leader in Pain Medicine, Answers Critical Questions About Using Opioids for Chronic Pain

Dr. Russell Portenoy
Dr. Russell Portenoy
Beth Israel Medical Center
Q: Would you say that opioids are a last resort?

A: No. Opioids should be considered for every patient with chronic, moderate to severe pain, but in every case, you would only prescribe the opioid after carefully considering the responses to several questions. Read More

How Fear of Narcotic Abuse Makes It Hard for Pain Patients to Get the Medicine They Need

If you're suffering from chronic pain and you've found little relief with over-the-counter painkillers, such as Advil or Aleve, you may ask your doctor for something stronger. You've probably heard about opioid drugs, such as Vicodin, Dilaudid, OxyContin, and Darvon.  Read More

Important Facts About Non-Narcotic Pain Drugs

How these painkillers work and when to use them
A third of Americans over 65 use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs every day, according to the American Pain Foundation. For the chronic pain patient, it's critical to understand how these basic drugs in the war on pain do their job, when they can cause problems, and how to use them safely...  Read More

What to Do When Pain Medication Is Dulling Your Sex Life

This is one side effect you don't have to live with
Chronic pain, on its own, can interfere with a healthy sex life, but sometimes the drugs that patients rely on to relieve their pain are the problem. Many painkilling medications can cause physiological changes that affect sexual functioning...  Read More


The Best Websites About Using Drugs to Treat Chronic Pain

  • Site: National Pain Foundation
  • Who it's for: People in pain and their families
  • Why we like it: Treatment information is organized by pain type (such as arthritis, cancer pain, fibromyalgia, and back pain), which makes it easy to find detailed information about the medications for your specific condition.