While the best painkiller often depends on the individual and the cause of the pain, commonly recommended ones include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): These, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, reduce inflammation and pain.
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Effective for pain management, though it doesn’t address inflammation.
- Muscle Relaxants: For muscle spasms causing pain, doctors might prescribe drugs like cyclobenzaprine or tizanidine.
- Opioids: In cases of severe pain, stronger painkillers like hydrocodone or oxycodone may be prescribed. However, these are usually a last resort due to addiction potential and side effects.
Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting or changing any medication.