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Can opioids be used for low back pain?

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Doctors sometimes prescribe these for low back pain. But research shows that they usually only provide short-term relief. And they carry a lot of risks, like hormonal changes and dependency. For this reason, doctors don’t usually prescribe them for chronic, or long-term, pain. If yours does, he’ll also likely recommend other therapies, like exercise or lifestyle changes.

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications: “Best Bets for Back Pain.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Medications to Treat Back Pain.”

Cochrane Library: “Muscle Relaxants for Non-Specific Low-Back Pain.”

Annals of Internal Medicine: “Medications for Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Review of the Evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline

Mayo Clinic: “Antidepressants: Another Weapon Against Chronic Pain.”

JAMA : “Efficacy, Tolerability, and Dose-Dependent Effects of Opioid Analgesics for Low Back Pain.”

BMJ : “Opioids for Low Back Pain.”

Chou, R.: “Approach to Use of Opioids in Patients With Low Back Pain.”

Medscape: “Opioid Analgesics Subpar for Chronic Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 14, 2016

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications: “Best Bets for Back Pain.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Medications to Treat Back Pain.”

Cochrane Library: “Muscle Relaxants for Non-Specific Low-Back Pain.”

Annals of Internal Medicine: “Medications for Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Review of the Evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline

Mayo Clinic: “Antidepressants: Another Weapon Against Chronic Pain.”

JAMA : “Efficacy, Tolerability, and Dose-Dependent Effects of Opioid Analgesics for Low Back Pain.”

BMJ : “Opioids for Low Back Pain.”

Chou, R.: “Approach to Use of Opioids in Patients With Low Back Pain.”

Medscape: “Opioid Analgesics Subpar for Chronic Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 14, 2016

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