• Helen King Helen King
    December 15, 2008
    Does coffee reduce pain medication effectiveness?
    Helen King Helen King
    December 15, 2008

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  • Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    December 16, 2008
    Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    December 15, 2008

    Actually, the opposite is true. Caffeine potentiates pain medications -- makes them work better and faster. That's why some medications contain caffeine.

     

    Teri

  • Cort
    Health Guide
    December 16, 2008
    Cort
    Health Guide
    December 15, 2008

    I was unable to find any evidence that caffeine reduces narcotic pain medications effectiveness. Narcotics work through their effects on the opioid pain receptors. I couldn't find any evidence that coffee or caffeine affect them.  


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