Back Pain Management
Pain Management Medications
The following over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications are used to treat back pain and related health problems.
Some medications can become habit-forming without close medical supervision. If you think you might be at risk for developing a substance abuse problem, complete our self-assessment Do You Have a Substance Abuse Problem? After you have completed the assessment online, print it and discuss the results with your physician. Take the substance abuse assesment.
Over-the Counter Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications | Prescription Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications | Prescription Opiates (Short-acting) | Prescription Opiates (Long-acting) | Prescription Medications for Nerve Pain | Prescription Muscle Relaxants | Prescription Sedative/Sleep Aids Prescription Antidepressants | Prescription Anti-Anxiety Medications
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications
Prescription Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications
Prescription Opiates (Short-Acting)
If pain is not relieved after 4 to 6 weeks of using short-acting opiate medications and conservative treatment (such as ice and physical therapy), discuss the need for further evaluation and consideration of other treatment options.
Prescription Opiates (Long-Acting)
Prescription Medications for Nerve Pain
Prescription Muscle Relaxants
Other Medications Used by People Who Have Chronic Pain
Prescription Sedative/Sleep Aids
While restful sleep can reduce risk for injury and illness, some people with pain find that it can keep them awake at night. The following medications might be prescribed to assist you in getting restful sleep.
Many antidepressants have been found to be useful in treating conditions other than depression that involve the nervous system. And it's not unusual for people with chronic pain to experience depression as they learn to adjust to the changes - like limited mobility - that accompany pain.
Prescription Anti-Anxiety Medications
Anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant medications can be prescribed along with pain medication to reduce other symptoms of pain, including muscle spasms and neuropathic pain, as well as to manage anxiety associated with the body's response to pain.
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