When it comes to TMJ pain, many patients want instant relief. Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief from TMJ symptoms for many patients. Often, TMJ pain persists, and your doctor may need to prescribe a medication that is stronger or that is designed for long-term use. Luckily, there are several pain management options available that can offer the desired relief.
Read more about which medication may be best for your TMJ pain.
There are three diagnostic subgroups for TMJ, each with its own characteristics. This is important when understanding which medicine works best for TMJ pain, as different subgroups respond to medicine differently. When you hear that someone with TMJ had a positive experience with a certain medicine, that does not automatically mean that you will have the same experience. Even still, each patient, despite subgroup, can have a different response to treatment, which is why it is important to speak openly with Dr. Ivan and Dr. Stein about your symptoms so that they can evaluate and identify effective medications for you.
Types of Medication
Below are just a few of the medications available for TMJ pain relief.
NSAIDS: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are effective at treating TMJ pain. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are all common examples of this type of medication. They may help with localized inflammation and are accessible over the counter when needed. Because NSAIDS can lead to issues with the heart and kidneys over time, they are not recommended for long-term use.
Corticosteroids: This type of medication is more powerful than NSAIDS, and typically works better. Examples include prednisone and dexamethasone. Corticosteroids require a prescription and can assist with relieving TMJ pain in longer timeframes than NSAIDS. Because this type of medication is so powerful, it can lead to health issues if taken for extended periods of time.
Opioids: Opioids are well known for their ability to relieve many types of pain. Drugs like fentanyl, morphine, and hydrocodone can deliver pain relief from TMJ. Like many medicines, opioids are associated with some side effects, such as nausea. Because of the nature of this type of medication, you must closely follow orders from Dr. Stein and Dr. Stein while taking it.
Pain Management Options
TMJ-related pain can negatively impact your everyday life, but you don’t have to live with the pain. Medications can be helpful, but knowing which ones are right for you requires a consultation. Dr. Stein and Dr. Stein will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that includes the best pain management options for your needs. To set up a consultation, fill our Web form or call 855-TMJ-DOCS today.