Long Acting Narcotics work better with Motrin Like Medications

Pain impacts the lives of individuals every day, but that does not mean it cannot be managed. Although there are a variety of ways to manage pain, severe discomfort can mean it is time to seek medical assistance.  Traditionally, large doses of short or long acting narcotics have been employed.  At Denali Healthcare Pain Management, we believe in using low dose long acting narcotics with motrin like medications to enhance their effects while keeping side effects to a minimum.

Long-Lasting Results

A long-lasting narcotic is any prescription medication that is given for pain and releases the medication slowly over a set period of time. It is usually used to help alleviate pain from chronic conditions or after a surgical procedure, since the discomfort can persist throughout the day.

Lower Risks

According to Medscape, it can be dangerous to combine a long-lasting pain reliever with other forms of narcotic pain relief because of potential interactions or the risk of accidentally taking more than the appropriate dose.

When a medication is made with a combination of a narcotic and a NSAID, the risks associated with interactions or overdosing accidentally are reduced. The goal of combining the medications is reducing the level of risk associated with the drugs so that the pain if managed and the side effects are limited.

Gaining a Synergetic Reaction

Medscape explains that some medications combine a motrin-like ingredient with the narcotic due to the synergetic impact on pain. Since pain receptors can cause discomfort in different ways, the medications work together to help alleviate discomfort by impacting different types of receptors in the brain.

Chronic pain can be caused by several different factors. In some cases, the pain is hard to manage because more than one type of receptor in the brain is reacting to the underlying cause of the discomfort. By combining the NSAID medication with a narcotic, more than one type of receptor is impacted, which further reduces the experience of pain that may arise.

Reduced Risk of Addiction

A key reason that medications are combined with other drugs is to limit the risks. In the case of NSAID medications that are combined with long-lasting narcotics, the primary goal is to reduce the possibility of developing an addiction without causing individuals to continue suffering through pain and discomfort.

Consumer Health Choices explains that opiate medications and similar narcotics can be addictive if they are not handled appropriately. By combining the narcotic pain reliever with a motrin-like medication, it is possible to maintain a lower dosage for the narcotic and to limit the possibility of abuse due to the potential side effects that may develop when a NSAID medication is abused.

Impact on Inflammation


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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, have a positive impact on inflammation throughout the body. A key reason that certain types of pain can develop is related to the body’s natural method of handling injuries.

The body will naturally produce inflammation to fight infections, encourage healing or otherwise handle problems that arise. Unfortunately, the inflammation can persist when the body has already healed or the body can attack certain areas of the body. When inflammation is causing pain, taking a medication that includes a motrin-like medicine can help.

NSAIDs help reduce the amount of inflammation that is found throughout the body. Depending on the cause of the discomfort, it can help reduce pain and ensure that the pain does not return when the body is fully healed.

There are a variety of reasons that it can be useful to combine a narcotic medication with a motrin-like medication with a prescription narcotic. Along with the benefits associated with pain relief, the medication can reduce inflammation and can help limit the risks that are associated with narcotics.