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What kind of pain medication is not an opiate?

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what kind of pain medication is not an opiate?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 9 years ago.


Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen are pain medications available over the counter. There are also dozens of other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and pain meds for neuropathy that are not narcotic. If you have particular drugs in mind, just let me know.

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Schuyler_ANP's Post: none of those meds are cutting it. is darvocet or tylenol 3 an opiate?
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 9 years ago.

Darvocet is propoxyphene napsylate plus acetaminophen. Tylenol 3 is codeine plus acetaminophen. Both of these show up on drug tests if that is your concern. Codeine shows up on all tests as an opiate (the NIDA-5). Propoxyphene is only on the expanded tests. The NIDA-5 tests for cocaine, cannabinoids (marijuana, hashish), amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP) and opiates (codeine, heroin, morphine). The expanded tests also include barbiturates (phenpbarbitol, butalbital), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab), Benzodoazepines (Xanas, Valium), Methaqualone (Quaaludes), Methadone, ethanol (alcohol), MDMA (Ecstasy), and propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet).