My husband had a torn rotator cuff and torn bicep muscle that was reattached with surgery in May. He is in alot of pain, and cannot stay asleep most nights. His orthopedic surgeon has prescribed Oxycodone, and also Ambien to help him sleep, but now has wanted him to ease off of those, especially the Oxycodone. He was also prescribed Meloxicam, an antinflammatory, but he says it does nothing for the pain. He would like to know if he can take Aleve for the pain, especially at night so the pain does not wake him up every hour? Please advise if anything over the counter would help with the pain, especially Aleve, which has helped him in the past, before the surgery.
Hi, I'm Doctor Robert, a Medical Internist (MD) who specializes in diseases of all major organ systems. All my education has been completed in the US. The views expressed here are for educational purposes only and do not establish a physician-patient relationship. It is NOT intended to replace your own physician's advice or diagnosis. If this is an emergency, stop now and please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. Aleve can help. Diclofenac gel applied topically can also help.Other non-narcotic medications are tramadol and toradol. Both are VERY effective for this type of pain.Just be sure to watch for stomach upset; this can be decreased with a full glass of water when taking the medication.=========== Please remember to only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. If you feel the urge to leave a NEGATIVE rating of "BAD" or "POOR" service (or one or two STARS, depending upon your screen), please stop and reply to me via the CONTINUE CONVERSATION button. I will be happy to do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. Selecting from the RIGHTMOST 2 faces/stars (EXCELLENT SERVICE is always best) is the ONLY way I receive compensation for all the years of training that went into assisting you today (I am NOT a paid employee on this site). It would be most appreciated. Bonuses are also welcome.
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Can Diclofenac gel be purchased over the counter?
I always write it as a prescription so patients get it covered by their insurance plan.but I do believe it is available over the counter (OTC: Voltaren).If you call your pharmacy, they'll know. I don't buy many medications!41109.598003125
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