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Monday, December 15, 2008 Helen King, Community Member, asks

Q: Does coffee reduce pain medication effectiveness?

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Cort, Health Guide
12/16/08 12:13am

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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Teri Robert, Health Guide
12/16/08 2:46pm

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

 

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By Helen King, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 12/15/08