Recommend Acetaminophen PLUS an NSAID Instead of an Opioid for Acute Pain
More patients will be using NON-opioids to manage short-term pain now that hydrocodone combos (Vicodin, etc) are Schedule II.
We've all been taught that opioids are more effective for moderate to severe pain. But that's NOT necessarily true.
Opioids DON'T seem to be more effective than acetaminophen or NSAIDs for acute pain due to headaches, minor trauma, or dental or minor procedures.