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Pain medications

Pain medications

Overview

Not all pain medications are alike and each person is slightly different in the way they respond to a pain medication. Specific types and causes of pain may respond better to one kind of pain medication than to another kind.

Review Date 12/10/2016

Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.