Pain physicians are reluctant to prescribe these 14 drugs

Written by Angie Stewart | January 30, 2019 | Print  |

Pain specialists avoid using certain pain medications to prevent patients from becoming addicted or experiencing serious side effects, Reader's Digest reports.

Reader's Digest collected input from 10-plus pain physicians across the country. While physicians said they make decisions on a case-by-case basis, here are 14 they're reluctant to prescribe:

1. Fentanyl patches
2. Aspirin
3. Advil
4. Oxycodone
5. Opioids
6. Ambien
7. Lunesta
8. Steroids
9. Topical anti-inflammatories
10. Ketamine
11. Marijuana
12. Aleve
13. Ultram
14. Over-the-counter drugs that can cause medication-overuse headaches if used too frequently

Click here to read more about how pain physicians decide which medications to prescribe.

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