When it comes to treating the symptoms of chronic pain, there’s one thing everyone knows about: a pain reliever works better than the pills.
But are the drugs always as effective as the therapies?
And in an attempt to understand how effective some medications are, researchers at the University of Florida have found that the drug-and-therapy combinations that have been studied over the past 50 years might not be as effective in treating chronic pain as the pharmaceutical versions that were available then.
According to the research, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Pain, the most effective treatments that have come to market have been drugs that target the same part of the brain as pain.
They’re drugs that are effective in some cases, but not in others, and are more likely to have side effects that limit their effectiveness.
“It’s not uncommon for people to get their first dose of an opioid and not like that,” said Dr. David McWilliams, a professor of clinical and translational medicine at the university and the lead author of the study.
“So when you take an opioid, the side effects are typically less severe.
The opioid is a little less potent, but the side effect profile is much more favorable.”
McWilliams said his team looked at more than a dozen types of opioids and their different effects on pain.
In addition to the opioids studied, they also looked at different types of treatments that target different parts of the body.
They found that although many of the drugs studied had similar effects on the same pain symptoms, there were significant differences between treatments, according to the study, titled “Treatment-Induced Pain Changes in the Functional Brain of Patients With Chronic Pain.”
“There are a number of reasons why it is difficult to get an accurate picture of the effectiveness of different pain drugs,” McWilliams said.
“One of the reasons is that they are widely used.
So when they are used, they tend to have the same effect on the pain, but it is much less effective in certain patients.”
Some drugs have been shown to have less pain relief than others.
In a study conducted by McWilliams and colleagues, they found that when compared to opioids, the drugs that were effective at relieving pain were less effective at treating the same type of pain, according the study published in Pain.
But, because the researchers focused on the most commonly used opioids, it was impossible to tell if they were equally effective.
“These drugs are so widely used, so we didn’t know if they would be effective in the same patients,” Mc Williams said.
The researchers then studied the effects of two different types the same patient.
One group was given the drug OxyContin and the other was given a placebo.
OxyContin caused the patient to experience a dramatic increase in pain, while the placebo was ineffective.
The patients who received the OxyContin were more likely than the placebo-only patients to have pain relief, and were also less likely to suffer from a variety of side effects.
“The main difference between the two groups was that the patients who were treated with OxyContin had a significant reduction in their pain scores,” Mc Williams said.
But, the researchers also found that OxyContin did not have the benefits of other pain relievers.
In fact, it had fewer pain-relieving effects than the other drugs studied.
For this reason, McWilliams recommends patients use the same medication to achieve the same relief, regardless of which treatment they are using.
“I would say it’s best to choose a medication that’s effective in one patient and not be able to use that medication for relief for another patient,” Mcwilliams said, adding that it is also important to consider the patient’s age, weight, and type of chronic condition.
“People can use other medications, and they don’t have to go into pain therapy or they can use pain medication and they can still have pain,” McWilliams said about taking different pain medications for different pain problems.
“You can do some therapy for pain, and you can take it as prescribed, but you can’t do the same with pain medication,” he added.
Pain medication isn’t new.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription pain medication, oxycodone, in 2000.
Oxycodone was also used in treating pain from chronic back pain and chronic neck pain, as well as migraine headaches.
The most recent FDA approval for pain medication came in 2009.
But it was the first time that a pain medication was approved for treating chronic neck and back pain, McWilliam said.
While opioids have been found to work in some instances, Mc Williams and his colleagues found that it was not as effective for chronic pain in those patients.
“There is evidence that opioids can sometimes have side effect profiles that may not be appropriate for treating patients with chronic pain,” he said.
“It’s important to note that opioid-assisted therapy, which is not