Can’t stomach NSAIDs? You’re not alone. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) pain relievers are relied upon for people battling pain. Yet, for many people NSAIDs simply aren’t an option due to the upset stomach and nausea—or more severe effects including ulcer or gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding—they can cause.
Common NSAIDs include:
- ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®)
- naproxen (Aleve®, Naprosyn®)
So, if you can’t take these medications. What CAN YOU TAKE for pain?
Fortunately, there are several NSAID alternatives to consider.
Give Tylenol a Try
If you have to avoid NSAIDs, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) may be worth trying.
As an over-the-counter, non-NSAID pain reliever, acetaminophen can help ease aches, but is not as effective at combatting inflammation. While acetaminophen is safe at recommended doses, excessive doses are associated with an increased risk of liver toxicity.
Rub on Relief
Topical medications in the form of gels, creams and patches can be applied directly to the skin over a sore joint or area of pain. While these topicals have NSAIDs, you are not over exposed to them because they are applied to a specific area of the body.
One of the more popular and effective NSAID-containing gels is diclofenac (Voltaren® Gel) — which is typically prescribed to people with RA.
Diclofenac is generally considered safe for patients who can’t take oral NSAIDs.
Lidoderm® (lidocaine) patches are an additional effective alternative for providing pain relief. The active ingredient is an anesthetic, so it works as a numbing agent, and the patches can be applied once a day for up to 12 hours.
Other topical agents available over-the-counter, such as:
The Drug Free Option For Pain Relief
Some patients who are in pain – specifically from headaches, migraines, or TMJ issues – may experience relief WITHOUT medication.
Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we are dedicated to pain treatment without heavy use of prescription medications. Our TruDenta pain therapy relies on scientific dental technology and sports medicine techniques to relieve pain without drugs or invasive needles.
Contact Us Today for a FREE CONSULTATION at Pasadena Pain Management. We can evaluate your headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, head and neck pain and tell you whether our TruDenta care program is right for you.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.