Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Heavyweight Pain Reliever Championship Match. In the blue corner, weighing in at 200 mg's is the most common NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) found anywhere, ibuprofen . In the red corner, weighing in at a small, but mighty, 10 mg's is the most popular, most commonly prescribed opioid, hydrocodone . Today's match promises to be a real bell ringer. Who is the fastest? Who lasts the longest? Who can go the distance? Who packs the biggest punch? This decisive match will determine whether or not NSAID's or Opioids are the best pain relievers on the planet.
ROUND 1: Both the NSAID and the Opioid are off to a fast and furious pace; their analgesic onset is roughly equivalent in speed. Within the half hour, both have started to provide pain relief. At just a little over one hour, both appear to be at full strength and hitting equally hard. This fight should be one for the record books folks. Ding. Ding.
ROUND 2: With round 1 being...
Generic Name: ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Pronounced: (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen) Jr. Strength Pain Reliever Oral Interactions
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interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change
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This drug should not be used with the following
medications because very serious interactions may occur:
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Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat the pain and swelling of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. NSAIDs come in prescription form (e.g. Celebrex, Mobic) and over the counter (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen). Studies have shown that about 30% of people with some form of arthritis use over-the-counter NSAIDs on a daily basis. Many other people take a combination of prescription and OTC NSAIDs daily to manage their pain, even though long term NSAID use can lead to gastrointestinal problems and overuse can lead to drug toxicity. A recent study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism found an association between dual use of NSAIDs and poorer health status. The study defined dual use as taking two NSAIDS, either prescription or OTC, at least twice a week during the month before the study survey was conducted. 182 patients in a managed care organization participated in the study. Of these patients, half had either rheumatoi...
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