Two types of medication for addressing pain include: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ibuprofen that are over the counter and opiod hydrocodone prescribed by a doctor. Both provide pain relief quickly within half an hour. Differences emerge when comparing length of time of effectiveness and accompanying side effects from usage.
Amitriptyline (once known by the brand name Elavil) is a tricyclic antidepressant that is often prescribed in low doses to treat neuropathic pain. Before there were any FDA-approved drugs to treat fibromyalgia, amitriptyline was also frequently prescribed off-label to treat FM symptoms. Although it is no longer considered a first-line treatment…