Contributor: Victoria Pearson
Pharmacological medications are the most common form of pain management treatment for chronic pain. Of those, analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have the highest prevalence.
- Analgesics are commonly known as “pain medications.” The classification encompasses both OTC acetaminophen and aspirin, as well the full gamut of prescription opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and fentanyl.
- NSAIDs include OTC ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen, as well as COX-2 inhibitors that are available only by prescription.