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Medications for Low Back Pain and Sciatica

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by Wood D
 
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included. Ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
Medications are used to control symptoms of low back pain and sciatica. The medications are listed by their generic name.

Prescription Medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Naproxen sodium
  • Ibuprofen
  • Diclofenac sodium
  • Celecoxib
  • Meloxicam
Antidepressants
  • Fluoxitine
  • Duloxetine
  • Amitriptyline
Muscle relaxants
  • Cyclobenzaprine
  • Diazepam

Over-the-Counter Medications

Analgesics (pain medication)
  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin

Prescription Medications

 

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