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Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain relievers treat a variety of problems. OTC drugs ease pain from arthritis, headaches and muscle strains. Prescription painkillers provide stronger relief for chronic pain or severe pain after trauma or surgery. Opioids and some antidepressants and anti-seizure medications also relieve pain.
What are pain relievers?
Pain relievers ease discomfort brought on by illness, injury, surgical procedures and chronic conditions. Everyone experiences pain differently. Pain may come on suddenly (acute). Chronic pain can last for months or years.
Pain relievers go by many names:
- Pain medicine.
What are the types of pain relievers?
There are many different types of pain relievers. The best one for you depends on many factors, including the cause of pain and its severity.
Types of pain relievers include:
- Over-the-counter (OTC): These medications are available at stores. Any adult can buy them.
- Prescription: These medications are only available with a prescription from a healthcare provider. Prescription painkillers provide stronger pain relief. They treat severe or chronic pain.