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What are the risks of using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs be used for low back pain?

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NSAIDs can cause digestive problems like nausea and diarrhea, as well as heartburn and stomach pain. Rarely, they can have serious side effects like internal bleeding and ulcers. They may also cause heart problems and kidney damage.

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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