What is tramadol? Tramadol is a strong opioid-type painkiller (sometimes called an opiate or narcotic) that’s used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It’s only available on prescription. Tramadol comes as tablets, capsules and oral drops, and may be given by injection or drip if you’re in hospital. Invodol, Mabron, Maneo, Marol, Maxitram, Oldaram, Tilodol, […]

What’s the difference between acetaminophen and ibuprofen?

Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are both good medicines, and both provide the same basic relief from fever and pain, even though they have different chemical structures and side effects. Ibuprofen is recommended only for babies 6 months and older. Ibuprofen Ibuprofen works by limiting the body’s production of fatty acids called prostaglandins. In addition to reducing […]

Arthritis Drug Celebrex Shown As Safe As Ibuprofen And Naproxen

In December of 1998, the first of a new class of arthritis pain relievers was approved. Called Celebrex (generic name: celecoxib), this drug was a selective COX-2 inhibitor designed to maintain the pain-reducing properties of traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen, but not be burdened with gastrointestinal side effects that plagued […]

What is Isordil?

Pronunciation: EYE soe SOR bide dye NYE trate Brand: Dilatrate-SR, Isochron, Isordil Titradose What is the most important information I should know about Isordil? Do not use Isordil if you are taking sildenafil (Viagra). Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Isordil while you are using sildenafil. You should not use this medication […]


What is Maxalt? Maxalt (rizatriptan) tablets is a selective 5-hydroxytryptamine1B/1D (5-HT1B/1D) receptor agonist used to treat the pain of migraine headache. Maxalt is believed to work by narrowing the blood vessels around the brain and by decreasing levels of substances involved in the development of migraine pain. Maxalt will only treat a headache that has […]

Ibuprofen vs. Meloxicam (Mobic) for Pain

Ibuprofen vs. meloxicam (Mobic) quick comparison of differences Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and others) and meloxicam (Mobic) are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. Common side effects of meloxicam and ibuprofen that are similar include: Rash Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) Headaches Dizziness Drowsiness Abdominal pain […]

Naprosyn (naproxen) – FAQ

Q: Can naproxen be used for inflammation of the tooth? A: Naprosyn (naproxen) is anti-inflammatory medication commonly used to treat mild to moderate pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, and fever. Naprosyn (naproxen) could be used to relieve dental pain caused by inflammation and swelling. Common side effects of Naprosyn (naproxen) are constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, […]

Painkiller Choices with Kidney or Heart Problems

What to do if you have heart problems or kidney disease When people have pain, they often take pain medicines called NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These include: Advil and Motrin (generic and store-brand ibuprofen). Ibuprofen is also in other over-the-counter drugs, such as cold medicines. Aleve (generic and store-brand naproxen). Celebrex (generic celecoxib). NSAIDs help […]