This class of medication can help with both acute and chronic forms of pain but also possesses fever-reducing properties.
When the brain is processing both anxiety and pain at the same time, the pain tends to be experienced as being more intense. Reducing anxiety can both reduce the intensity of pain as well as improve mood.
While opioids tend to have some benefit for severe acute pain, little evidence supports their benefits when used in chronic pain conditions. They don’t actually “kill” pain, rather they help you not care about it at the cost of many side effects, including addiction and potentially fatal respiratory effects.
While this class of medication can be used to treat depression (hence the name), the chemical action of the drug can also help with pain at much lower doses. This class of medication supports the body’s natural ability to dampen the experience of pain. When depression and pain co-exist, the experience of pain tends to be worse. This medication can impact both problems.
This class of medication acts on the central nervous system to dampen nociceptive signals going to the brain for processing.
This class of medication can help with inflammation associated with both acute and chronic forms of pain.
Some versions of cannabinoids make you high, while others have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. Regulatory considerations have made it difficult to study this class of medication and guidelines and advice on how to cannabinoids have been challenging to produce.