Pain killers are drugs used to relieve discomfort associated with illness, injury, or surgery. Because the pain process is complex, there are many types of pain relievers that provide relief by acting through a variety of physiological mechanisms. Therefore, an effective nerve pain reliever is likely to have a different mechanism of action than arthritis pain relievers.
The strongest prescription pain killers are called opioids, which are compounds similar to opium. They are made to react to the nervous system in the same way as drugs derived from the poppy, such as heroin. The most common opioid pain relievers include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine pills, Roxicodone, Tramadol, and Percocet.
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