It really depends on what kind of pain your in.For a headache, excedrin is the best.If your in severe pain, like nerve pain, muscle relaxers and codeine work the best. It really depends on the kind of pain your in.
I would have to know if you mean prescription or non to answer this properly but I will try anyway. The stongest prescription pain reliever is a patch you must where on you shoulder. This slowly releases opiate related compounds in to the bloodstream. Other related prescription pills are percodon percoset oxycodone vikodon and codeine. These are all derived from opium and can be extremely addicting to the point of causing sickness when withdrawal sets in. There is also morphine which is another opiate. All these are extremely risky to take but are very effective in relieving pain too. Over the counter types are Ibuprophen , acetominophen, and naproxin sodium or aleve as it is commonly called . These all are good for minor pain. Buti f you need something stronger you must see a doctor and take whatever he gives you at the proper dosage as narcotics can stop your heart if overdosed.
If you want to avoid pills, especially considering the recent warnings against the common NSAID painkillers (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc), the most effective treatment is to put one of those disposable heating pads on the most painful area and do gentle stretching exercises: Concentrate on gently rolling your shoulder blades back and down, and squeezing them together. A good stretch is to put your hands on the outside of both sides of a door frame at shoulder level, put one foot forward and, keeping your head and chest upright, lean forward while concentrating on keeping your shoulders down and back.
Depending on the pain, ice and believe it or not, for small surface pain such as bug bite honey. The strongest pain killers are of the opiate famillies. But these should only be used with great precausion and supervision from your family doctor. For muscle pain, alternating hot and cold compresses, even for headaches, cold compress to top of head.
Prescription- vicodin. O.t.c. Is naprosyn. Both have a lot of side effects- of course!
Depends on the kind of pain. Different pain takes different pain killers. And different people have different thresholds for pain. I take Vicodin or Percocet for my migraines but they have several drawbacks. Besides the obvious addiction/abuse potential, they can cause rebound headaches. So they get rid of your pain (in my case a migraine) but then they cause another headache. But when I have a migraine that is a 8 (on a level of 0-10) I go in and get a shot of Demerol. I have to say that works the fastest on my pain.
If it is something philosophical, death is the best pain killer.
pharmaceutically, though, there are 2 kinds of analgesics (pain relievers/killers): Narcotic & non-narcotic. Narcotic pain killers are mostly used for moderate to severe pain. Non-narcotics are for mild to moderate pain.
the best pain killer depends on the kind of pain you have. Before giving pain relievers, patients are usually asked to rate their pain. That way, they are given the appropriate pain relievers and prevent tolerance to some analgesics.
Good ole asprin works well for me for back and joint pain. Marijuana (probably the safest drug on the planet) seems to work best for patients with tumors or cancer pain. Hydrocodone (Vicoden, Lortab, Vicoprofen) is the most reliable as long as you don't gain a high tolerance from chronic daily use. Percocet (Oxycodone) works pretty well for some people. Darvocett works about as good as a Tylenol and shouldn't even require a prescription but it does, it's crap. Throw in a shot of Jack or a beer to give it a kick!