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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are medications different for chronic and acute back pain?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes there are : Different medication, when treat acute attack we may use narcotic but in chronic situation we try to avoid that if possible because there tendency for addiction.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Not really: Often the same medications are used. With chronic pain, especially if it is around the click, a sustained release opioid may be an option.Z.

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A 60-year-old male asked:

What medication can I take for back pain?

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Dr. Karina Contreras Lopez
Specializes in General Practice
Spinal hygiene : I woulld recommend you to start with spinal hygiene. These are exercises and tips for your everyday activities to help minimize or get rid of back pain. Medications can include ibuprofen, acetaminophen or something "stronger" but you would need a physical examination first. Start with spinal hygiene and go see your primary physician.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a good medication for back pain?

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Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine 46 years experience
Depends on the cause: Back pain have multiple causes, such as urinary track infection, peptic ulcer diseases, cancer, arthritis of spine, disc herniation, inflammation of muscles, and refereed pain from other parts. Suggest refer to your physician for proper treatment. Any pain killer has a temporary effect. Do not take a lot tylenol, (acetaminophen) for pain because is silent killer.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What medication is good for back pain?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Depends on Cause: Various "pain" medications do different things. You may need an anti-inflammatory medication, a muscle relaxer, a "nerve pain" medication or a narcotic. See a board certified anesthesiologist/pain specialist for an evaluation.

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