How to Make Pain Pills Work More Quickly

Pain medications dissolve naturally in stomach acids before being absorbed into the bloodstream and numbing the central nervous system, which is the body's mechanism for registering pain. You can take steps to speed up the pain relieving effects.

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Follow a doctor's instructions when taking any pain medication 1. Failure to do so can cause health problems, addiction or death.

Take the prescribed dosage of pain medication with a glass of cold water on an empty stomach. Food in the stomach can slow down the beneficial effects of pain medicine.

Take liquid gel over-the-counter (non-prescription) pain remedies. They may work faster because the stomach does not have to break down a solid pill that can then be absorbed through the stomach lining.

Consider using pain medication available in a nasal spray, which is absorbed through the respiratory system and works faster than digestion.

Go for a walk, if physically possible, to increase your heart rate and help the medicine flow faster through your bloodstream.

Drink coffee or another caffeinated beverage to speed up the pain medicine's absorption in the body. Caffeine increases heart rate, which elevates circulation but can also worsen a high blood pressure condition.


Follow a doctor's instructions in taking any pain medicine.