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How is inflammatory back pain treated with medication?

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If you're struggling to get through a normal day, your doctor may prescribe stronger pain medicines or muscle relaxants. But you have to be careful. Some of these prescription medicines can make you drowsy. You could also become dependent on hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin), oxycodone/acetaminophen (Percocet), or other medications with opioids in them.

The antidepressant duloxetine (Cymbalta) may help with arthritis and chronic lower back pain. Doctors sometimes prescribe antidepressants and anticonvulsants for pain related to irritated nerves. Steroids that you swallow usually aren't recommended for acute low back pain.

A back or pain specialist may inject steroids or other drugs directly into your back to help control the pain.

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

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