Research results are finding that OTC medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be just as effective for chronic pain without the risk of addiction associated with opioids. There are side effects and risks taking any medication, including ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Consider botanical options such as turmeric and bromelain. Homeopathic options such as Arnica and Rhus tox can also be very helpful. But bottom line–avoid opioids for chronic pain. Check out the article.