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Does taking narcotics to treat my pain increase my risk of dying or being hospitalized more than taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS)?


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MedHead Message:

There are side effects to taking narcotic as well as anti-inflammatory medications. However, the overall weight of evidence appears to show that any narcotic pain use, such as Vicodin or Percocet increases your risk of death or hospitalization more than ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAID medications.


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