NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG (NSAID) & OPIOIDS
Prescribed medications can be used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation in those with HS when over-the-counter options have not significantly alleviated pain symptoms. There are two main categories of prescription pain medication that can be used to relieve symptoms of HS: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids. Conscientious prescription of these options, particularly of opioids, is indicated to prevent the risk of dependency.
NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation, while opioids modify pain messages to the brain.
How do I take it?
Take prescription pain medications according to directions given by your doctor or found on the medication package. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. It is important to use the lowest dose that is effective and to take it for the shortest amount of time in order to avoid side effects.
NSAIDs may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and serious gastrointestinal injury including perforation. Opioids may lead to addiction or dependence.
Common side effects of NSAIDs include abdominal pain and cramps, gastrointestinal ulcerations, bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, and nausea. Opioids may cause drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, and respiratory depression.
Contact your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, black stools that appear bloody or tarry, or a fever that lasts more than three days while taking NSAIDs or opioids.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Pain Relief Medications — RxList
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