Back Pain Management Medications

Medications to treat back pain may help patient's by relieving the pain itself, the swelling of damaged muscles and tissues associated with back pain, or through a treatment of the medical disease that is causing the symptom of pain. Medications to specifically treat pain may include over the counter medications such as aspirin (acetaminophen), ibuprofen, and naproxen. Or medication may include the more powerful but potentially addicting opiod based pain medicines such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. In hospitals, patients may be treated with even more powerful medications such as fentanyl or morphine while immediately recovering from surgery or after significant accidents. Some medications may have pain relieving effects as well as fever reducing or inflammation properties to reduce the swelling of inflamed muscles and joints that protect the back. These type of medications are also known as Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Examples of NSAIDs currently available on the market include naproxen, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, aspirin, and sulindac. Some medications are designed to cure or treat diseases that have back pain as one of their secondary medical complications. For example, the medication Miacalcin (calcitonin) is used to treat Paget's Disease, a bone disease that causes back pain as well as other associated medical conditions such as arthritis, bone loss, and angioid streaks.

Back pain management medications: When you are suffering from a back injury or other medical condition that causes back pain, everything you do throughout the day may be more difficult, and it may really permeate into your public and private life to make everything more difficult. The pain may cause you to curtail your everyday activities because of discomfort or the fear or reinjuring the injury or making it worse. The pain may go or stay at a certain level that it become more difficult to even think straight. Luckily for back pain sufferers, there are medications to help, either directly or indirectly, to get you back functioning to a healthy enough level that you are able to enjoy your life. Let's take a closer look at there medications.

Over-the-counter Pain Relievers: People with back pain may try over the counter pain reliever first, at least in the acute phase of the condition and then the intensity of pain is not severe. The majority of these over the counters include Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs include ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen sodium (Aleve), and aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). These pain relievers have been around now for several decades and have been determined to be effective and relatively safe at moderate levels. There is a more spirited debate among medical professionals about the safety of long term use of these or any medications, though in the short term they are considered very safe. These medications function well to provide relief for low back pain, swelling, and mild inflammation. Though considered relatively safe in low doses and short term use, risks and side effects go up at large doses and chronic long term use. Of course, the best resource for you will be your primary care doctor or back specialist you are working with, if you have any questions about the safety or effectiveness of and individual medication or combination of meds.

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