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Analgesics are drugs which relieve pain. Are there other drugs which do the opposite -- make you more sensitive to pain?

What you are refering to is called proalgesia, or a proalgesic effect. Many drugs can have this as a side effect. Opioid derivatives, when a tolerance is built-up can noticably cause pain in ...
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Is death due to drug-induced respiratory arrest painful?

If you think of committing suicide, you can find help here: 1-800-273-8255 No, it is not painful. In fact, opiates and and benzodiazepines are used for assisted suicide and for Palliative medicine. ...
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Do painkillers cure headaches or just stop us from feeling it?

Are painkillers curative for migraine headaches? No, they are not, but they are therapeutic. Similarly to user @De Novo's comment, the main problem in migraine headaches is the pain. Although the ...
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Can ibuprofen and paracetamol be taken together?

Yes, it is safe. The mechanism that ibuprofen and paracetamol use are different and don't interact negatively. In fact, the two drugs (medicines) can be used in conjunction for a synergistic effect so ...
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Do painkillers cure headaches or just stop us from feeling it?

How do painkillers work? When part of your body is injured, special nerve endings send pain messages back to your brain. Painkilling drugs interfere with these messages, either at the site of the ...
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Postherpetic neuralgia: Treat or suffer the pain (if you can suffer)?

I had shingles in the last quarter of 2013. It was on the facial and trigeminal nerves. There were times when it felt like someone was boring a hole in my ear with a dull drill bit and pouring 90% ...
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Effects of taking too much painkillers

Yes, taking too much painkiller can be harmful. Two common painkillers are acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) and ibuprofen (brand name Advil). They each have different risks. Paracetamol / ...
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Why don't people replace morphine with Beta-Endorphines?

One of the reasons is stability. According to this paper from 1979, the half-life of β-endorphin in 3 patients was measured at 37 minutes. This is in contrast to morphine, which has an elimination ...
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Opioids are addictive or cause dependency issues only?

Regarding one of the topics of this subject: Why can’t painkillers be both safe and effective? It should be duly noted that, One of the most problematic conditions when using opioids in clinic is the ...
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Intravenous morphine as painkiller for woman in labor and possible side effects in the newborn

By asking a few people I had access to and also searching in some of my reference books like Katzung, Martindale, and finally looking at Newborn Services Drug Protocol, I think I may have reached a ...
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What is the essential difference between a general numbing agent or a general anesthetic to a general analgesic?

The only one of those categories that should get the "general" modifier is anesthetic - this is to contrast them with local anesthetics, which are the "numbing agents" you describe. General ...
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Is there a standard about maximal caffeine concentration for synergistic painkiller preparations?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 2017: The GRASE dose for caffeine is established in the Stimulant Final Monograph as 100-200 mg not more often than every 3-4 hours. ...
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Why many usually-very-painful medical processes aren't done under conscious, generally painless-painkilling?

Lidocaine1 is not categorized as a painkiller but as a (local) anesthetic; it can be used during minor procedures where the patient has full awareness by injecting it to the preferred site of action. ...
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How to decide which painkiller to take?

1. NSAIDs can increase the chance of heart attack or stroke. This risk may be greater if you have heart disease or risk factors (for example, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes) ...
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Safe alternatives to painkillers/nsaid?

I am really happy that I found Krill oil. It's an omega 3,6,9 oil made from krill. (a sea creature similar to shrimp but much smaller). It makes this choice the strongest choice in benefits of any ...
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