Treatments for Chronic Pain

Below is a listing of treatments for chronic pain. Click on one to read more information or connect with others also living with chronic pain.

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  • Advil, Motrin (Ibuprofen)

    Overview
    Advil is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Advil is also referred to by its drug name, Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is also sold under the brand name Motrin.

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  • Aleve (Naproxen)

    Overview
    Aleve is an over-the-counter medication used to treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. Aleve is also referred to by its drug name, Naproxen. Naproxen is also sold under the brand name Naprosyn.
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  • Ansaid (Flurbiprofen)

    Overview
    Ansaid is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Ansaid is also referred to by its drug name, Flurbiprofen.

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  • Astramorph (Morphine)

    Overview
    Astramorph is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain that is not responsive to non-narcotics. Astramorph may also be referred to by its drug name, Morphin... read more

  • Avinza (Morphine)

    Overview
    Avinza is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe pain in cases where long-term, continual pain relief is needed and other treatments are not effective. ... read more

  • Botulinum Toxin Injection

    Overview
    Botulinum toxin injection has been used to treat many types of chronic pain involving the muscles. Types of pain for which Botulinum toxin may be beneficial include postsurgical pain, migraines and ot... read more

  • Cambia (Diclofenac)

    Overview
    Cambia is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug migraine attacks in those 18 and older. Cambia may be referred to by its drug name, Diclofenac. Diclofenac is also sold under... read more

  • Cataflam (Diclofenac)

    Overview
    Cataflam is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration
    (FDA) to treat mild to moderate pain. Cataflam may be referred to by its drug name, Diclofenac. Diclofenac... read more

  • Celebrex (Celecoxib)

    Overview
    Celebrex is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Celebrex is also referred to by its drug name, Celecoxib.

    Celebrex i... read more

  • Celexa (Citalopram)

    Overview
    Celexa is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Celexa may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Celexa is also known by its drug name... read more

  • Celiac Plexus Block

    Overview
    Celiac plexus block is an injection that can temporarily relieve some types of chronic abdominal pain. People with chronic pancreatitis or abdominal cancer may benefit from a celiac plexus block.

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  • Chemical Sympathectomy

    Overview
    Chemical sympathectomy is a surgical technique used to provide long-term relief for some types of neuropathic chronic pain, specifically Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

    What does it involve?
    Duri... read more

  • Chiropractic Treatment

    Overview
    Chiropractic is a health treatment that aims to correct problems with the muscles, nerves, and skeletal system. Chiropractic is a popular treatment for pain and stiffness, especially in the neck and b... read more

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Overview
    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy focused on helping people identify and cope with stress or other negative emotions.

    What does it involve?
    CBT sessions may be one-on-... read more

  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies

    Complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) are popular with many people who have chronic pain. CAT treatments for chronic pain may include acupuncture, yoga, massage, herbal supplements, meditation, and Ayurvedic t... read more

  • Corticosteriods

    Overview
    Corticosteroids are a class of prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inflammation. Corticosteroids are sometimes used to treat inflammation in people with cert... read more

  • Cymbalta (Duloxetine)

    Overview
    Cymbalta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, anxiety, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Cymbalt... read more

  • Daypro (Oxaprozin)

    Overview
    Daypro is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Daypro is also referred to by its drug name, Oxaprozin.

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  • Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)

    Overview
    Dilaudid is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain in cases where an opioid is appropriate. Dilaudid may be referred to by its drug name, Hydromorphone. H... read more

  • Duragesic (Fentanyl)

    Overview
    Duragesic is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain in opioid-tolerant patients. Duragesic is also known by its drug name, Fentanyl.

    Duragesic is an o... read more

  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)

    Overview
    Effexor is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Effexor... read more

  • Elavil (Amitriptyline)

    Overview
    Elavil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Elavil may help manage neuropathic pain. Elavil is also known by its drug name, Amitriptyline.

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  • EMLA (Lidocaine/Prilocaine)

    Overview
    EMLA is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide local analgesia for normal skin and for genital mucous membranes before surgery. EMLA is a combination drug co... read more

  • Epidural Steriod Injection

    Overview
    Epidural steroid injection can temporarily relieve chronic pain in the neck, arms, back, and legs. Epidural steroid injection may help in cases of chronic pain caused by sciatica, spinal stenosis, spo... read more

  • Epitol (Carbamazepine)

    Overview
    Epitol is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat trigeminal neuralgia and many types of seizures. Epitol may also be effective at treating glossopharyngeal neu... read more

  • Exalgo (Hydromorphone)

    Overview
    Exalgo is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe pain in cases where long-term, continual pain relief is needed and other treatments are not effective. ... read more

  • Facet Joint Injection

    Overview
    Facet joint injection can temporarily relieve chronic pain associated with the facet joints, the parts of your spine that allow you to bend and twist. Facet joint injection may help in cases of chroni... read more

  • Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine)

    Overview
    Flexeril is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute musculoskeletal pain. Flexeril is also referred to by its drug name, Cyclobenzaprine.

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  • Gralise (Gabapentin)

    Overview
    Gralise is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage postherpetic neuralgia. Gralise is also referred to by its drug name, Gabapentin.

    Gralise is an anticonv... read more

  • Hydrocodone

    Overview
    Hydrocodone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. In combination with Acetaminophen, Hydrocodone is sold under the bran... read more

  • Intrathecal Implants

    Overview
    Intrathecal implants are pumps that are surgically placed in the body to deliver small doses of analgesics (painkillers) directly into the spinal fluid. Doctors may consider intrathecal implants in ca... read more

  • Lexapro (Escitalopram)

    Overview
    Lexapro is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Lexapro may help reduce pa... read more

  • Lidoderm (Lidocaine)

    Overview
    Lidoderm is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat postherpetic neuralgia. Lidoderm is also known by its drug name, Lidocaine. Lidocaine is also sold under the... read more

  • Lodine (Etodolac)

    Overview
    Lodine is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat arthritis and acute pain. Lodine is also referred to by its drug name, Etodolac.

    Lodine is a... read more

  • Low-dose Naltrexone

    Overview
    Naltrexone is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating opiate and alcohol addiction. At a significantly lower dose, Naltrexone has also been prescribed... read more

  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block

    Overview
    Lumbar sympathetic block is an injection that can temporarily relieve some types of chronic pain. People with complex regional pain syndrome, Raynaud's syndrome, painful blood vessel spasms, some type... read more

  • Lyrica (Pregabalin)

    Overview
    Lyrica is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia, postherpetic neuralgia, partial onset seizures, and neuropathic pain associated with diabetic ne... read more

  • Medical Marijuana

    Overview
    Medical marijuana is widely used as a complementary therapy to treat chronic pain.

    It is vital to inform your doctor of all treatments you incorporate, including medical marijuana, so that they can... read more

  • Nalfon (Fenoprofen)

    Overview
    Nalfon is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and mild to moderate pain. Nalfon is also referred to by its drug ... read more

  • Naprosyn (Naproxen)

    Overview
    Naprosyn is an over-the-counter medication used to treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. Naprosyn is also referred to by its drug name, Naproxen. Naproxen is also sold under the brand name Aleve... read more

  • Naproxen

    Overview
    Naproxen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. Naproxen is sold under the brand names Aleve and Naprosyn.

    Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammato... read more

  • Neurotin (Gabapentin)

    Overview
    Neurontin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat postherpetic neuralgia and some types of seizures. Neurontin is also referred to by its drug name, Gabapent... read more

  • Norco (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Norco is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Norco is a combination drug containing Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Hydro... read more

  • Norpramin (Desipramine)

    Overview
    Norpramin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Norpramin may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Norpramin is ... read more

  • Oxycodone

    Overview
    Oxycodone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain severe enough to require daily, 24-hour, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatmen... read more

  • OxyContin (Oxycodone)

    Overview
    OxyContin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain severe enough to require daily, 24-hour, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatmen... read more

  • Pamelor (Nortriptyline)

    Overview
    Pamelor is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Pamelor may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain.
    Pamelor is also ... read more

  • Paxil (Paroxetine)

    Overview
    Paxil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Paxil may be mildly effective at managing neurop... read more

  • Percoset (Oxycodone)

    Overview
    Percocet is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Percocet is a combination drug composed of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen. ... read more

  • Physical Therapy

    Overview
    Physical therapy can improve strength and balance, help stabilize joints, and reduce many types of chronic pain. Physical therapy can also rehabilitate your body after surgery or injury.

    Chronic p... read more

  • Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine)

    Overview
    Pristiq is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depression disorder. Pristiq may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Pristiq is also know... read more

  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)

    Overview
    Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Prozac is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine.

    Prozac is an antidepressant of the selectiv... read more

  • Radiofrequency Ablation

    Overview
    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a technique used to provide long-term relief for some types of chronic pain. RFA is most often used to treat back pain including pain in the lumbar, cervical, and sacr... read more

  • Savella (Milnacipran)

    Overview
    Savella is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia. Savella is also known by its drug name, Milnacipran.

    Savella is a serotonin-norepinephrine ... read more

  • Silenor (Doxepin)

    Overview
    Silenor is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat insomnia. Silenor may help manage neuropathic pain. Silenor is also referred to by its drug name, Doxepin.

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  • Soma (Carisoprodol)

    Overview
    Soma is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute musculoskeletal pain. Soma is also referred to by its drug name, Carisoprodol.

    Soma is a muscle r... read more

  • Stellate Ganglion Block

    Overview
    Stellate ganglion block is an injection that can temporarily relieve some types of chronic pain in the head, neck, upper arms, and upper chest. People with complex regional pain syndrome, postherpetic... read more

  • Surgical Decompression

    Overview
    Surgical decompression may be performed to relieve chronic pain associated with back problems such as spinal stenosis or herniated discs.

    What does it involve?
    Surgical decompression is pe... read more

  • Tegretol (Carbamazepine)

    Overview
    Tegretol is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat trigeminal neuralgia and many types of seizures. Tegretol may also be effective at treating glossopharyngeal... read more

  • Tofranil (Imipramine)

    Overview
    Tofranil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Tofranil may help manage neuropathic pain. Tofranil is also known by its drug name, Imipramine. ... read more

  • Topamax (Topiramate)

    Overview
    Topamax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain types of seizures and to prevent migraine headaches. Some physicians may prescribe Topamax off-label ... read more

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS)

    Overview
    A Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) is a small, portable machine that generates adjustable levels of electricity to block nerve signals in those experiencing pain.

    What does it invo... read more

  • Trileptal (Oxcarbamazepine)

    Overview
    Trileptal is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain types of seizures. Some physicians may prescribe Trileptal off-label to treat neuropathic pain. Tri... read more

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Tylenol is available over the counter as treatment for minor aches and pains. Tylenol may be referred to by the drug names Acetaminophen or Paracetamol. Acetaminophen or Paracetamol is also sold under... read more

  • Valium (Diazepam)

    Overview
    Valium is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Valium can also help relieve muscle spasms. Valium is also known by its drug name, Diazepam.

    Vali... read more

  • Vicodin (Hydrocodone)

    Overview
    Vicodin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is a combination drug containing Hydrocodone and read more

  • Voltaren (Diclofenac)

    Overview
    Voltaren is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration
    (FDA) to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Voltaren ... read more

  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion)

    Overview
    Wellbutrin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression in adults. Wellbutrin may help manage neuropathic pain. Wellbutrin is also known by its drug na... read more

  • Zoloft (Sertraline)

    Overview
    Zoloft is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in adults. Zoloft is also known by its drug name, Sertraline.

    Zoloft is an antid... read more

  • Zonalon (Doxepin)

    Overview
    Zonalon is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pruritis (itching) in adults who have atopic dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus. Zonalon is sometimes pre... read more

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