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Narcotic Painkillers

Prescription Naproxen as Good as Narcotic Painkillers for Low Back Pain

Naproxen — a drug available over-the-counter and by prescription — appears to provide as much relief for low back pain as a narcotic painkiller or a muscle relaxant, a new study suggests. Adding narcotic painkillers (oxycodone) or muscle relaxants (cyclobenzaprine also known as Amrix) to naproxen therapy didn’t help pain…

Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

High doses of powerful narcotic painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, appear to be linked to a higher risk of depression in patients, according to research published in the journal Pain. Although the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, people who used higher doses of narcotic painkillers to manage their pain were…