This is not an all-inclusive list.  It will deal with some of the more commonly used pain medications–those that are obtained Over the Counter (OTC) or by prescription (RX)–and/or those that I have had personal experience with. Where my experience/knowledge is limited, I will refer to other resources.  

I apologize for the spacing on this page–the WP editor (software) and I did not agree multiple times 🙂  This is how it stays for now.

    • ASPIRIN (Anacin, Bayer, Ascriptin, Ecotrin [coated aspirin])
    • NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory DrugS) @ non RX levels
      • Meloxicam (Mobic)
      • Naproxen sodium (naprosyn, Aleve, Nuprin)
      • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
    • ACETAMINOPHEN  (Tylenol, Paracetamol, Panadol,Tempra)
    • TOPICALS (used on ‘top’ of the skin–medicine is absorbed through your skin)
      • SKIN PATCHES–Salonpas–fits in two of the categories under creams/salves, because it has menthol, camphor and methylsalicylate
        • Capsaicin (the active ingredient in hot pepper) is a well-known pain reliever–Capzasin and Zostrix
        • Salicylates–contain the active ingredient in aspirin–Aspercreme and BenGay
        • Counterirritants–contain menthol and camphor which induce sensations of hot and cold, according to the Mayo Clinic’s page, help your body to temporarily override the pain sensation–IcyHot and Biofreeze
    • NSAIDS (there are 15 different medications on this list); one is a combination medication, meaning that it is combined with another medication to allow you to benefit from it easier
    • OPIATES–these are drugs that are made with legal derivatives of morphine–oxycodone, OxyContin, Dilaudid, MS Contin, Percodan
    • ANTI SEIZURE MEDS–Neurontin, Lyrica
    • MUSCLE RELAXANTS–Flexeril, Valium
    • STEROIDS–can help to reduce swelling and inflammation (that’s why NSAIDS are called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory)–methylprednisolone, methylprednisone, Decadron
    • SYNTHETICS–Fentanyl, Tramadol (although found naturally in certain tree bark)
      • Older Tricyclics, like Nortriptyline, Doxepin
      • Newer SSRI/SNRI–Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa


Let me know if  you’ve used something NOT on this list that has been helpful for you!

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