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What is a narcotic?

For moderate to severe pain, narcotic pain relievers may be prescribed. These drugs are used sometimes to treat back or neck pain, headache, PMS, menstrual pain, dental pain, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and everyday strains, among many. Opioids work on the central nervous system pain receptors to reduce perception of pain. These narcotic products are available in a wide variety of delivery systems, including patches and liquids, in addition to standard dosage forms.

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