Non-narcotic painkillers are by far the most commonly used of all medications. In addition to controlling pain, these analgesics also lower fever, counter inflamation and are available in non-prescription strengths as well as prescription strength versions.
Narcotic painkillers include opiates and opioids, which are natural or artificial forms of opium. Codeine, propoxyphene, meperidine, and morphine are common examples. These drugs are used on a short-term basis to control severe pain.
Combination Of The Two
Many prescription analgesics contain a combination of narcotic and non-narcotic painkillers. Common combinations include acetaminophen and codeine, aspirin and codeine, propoxyphene and aspirin; and aspirin, caffeine, and butalbital.
Sadly, there are many different types of Painkillers that are abused. Listed here are some of the more commonly abused prescription painkillers.