There are hundreds of differing types of pain management drugs on the market. Many of these pills are instant release medications – meaning they go to work right away after the patient swallows. Another classification of pain killers is known as “extended release” medication. These drugs are specifically crafted to release steadily over a period of time, rather than all at once. This article will focus on the differences between regular narcotic pain killers and extended release pain medications.
As opposed to most narcotic pain meds that work very quickly, extended release pain meds are designed to dole out pain relief a little bit at a time over a longer period. These drugs are designed with a mechanism inside the pills that dissolves the drug slowly over time. Oxycontin is perhaps the most recognizable extended release medication.
The benefit of extended release meds is that the patient is able to take fewer pills to achieve pain relief. These medications also offer fewer side effects in most cases. Better sleep is a big benefit of extended release drugs as well. Rather than waking up in pain when your meds wear off, extended release pills offer small bouts of pain relief throughout the night to keep you asleep.
The best type of pain relief treatment will depend on your underlying condition and unique set of circumstances. Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics offers a full range of pain management treatments for patients suffering with all types of pain. Whether you’re experiencing acute pain from an injury, or chronic pain from a pre-existing condition, our pain management physicians have the knowledge and experience needed to get you back to a pain-free life. We serve patients in Minneapolis / St. Paul, as well as greater Minnesota. Contact our Edina clinic today to set up your appointment.