For instance, use of non-narcotic anti-inflammatories have been shown—through numerous trials—to be more effective at treating chronic pain than opioid medication.
These non-narcotic medications, along with a holistic and integrative approach that includes nutrition, physical therapy, preventive measures, meditation, and psychotherapy, have been shown to provide far more pain management relief (along with supporting overall wellness and improved quality of life) without the dangers associated with opioid addiction. Even pain after surgery can be effectively managed with minimal-to-no opioid consumption, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The investigation, which was an exhaustive, systemic review, scrutinized 96 clinical trials that included an excess of 26,000 participants. The study found that opioids only provided a small improvement in pain management, sleep quality, and physical functioning compared to a placebo. Remember… opioid medications come with a risk of dry mouth, nausea, drowsiness, constipation, dizziness, vomiting, addiction, and overdose.
The researchers found that non-opioid alternatives such as antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories can be just as effective in the treatment of pain when compared to an opiod. Jason Busse, the lead author of the study, had this to say: