Narcotic Pain Relievers for Acute Neck Pain
How It Works
Narcotic medicines relieve pain by altering the way you feel pain.
Why It Is Used
Narcotics are recommended only for short-term treatment of severe, sudden (acute) neck pain.
Because these medicines are potentially addictive, they are usually prescribed for a limited time (1 to 2 weeks).
How Well It Works
Using narcotic medicines to treat neck pain is not well studied.1
When a narcotic does relieve pain, it becomes less effective over time. The body becomes more tolerant of narcotic medicine, and then a normal narcotic dosage provides less effective pain relief.
Side effects include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Narcotics are not intended for use "until all the pain goes away." They are intended to be used only for a few days at the most. Your doctor will probably only prescribe enough to get you through the most severe pain.
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