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What is the best OTC med for back pain?

AnonymousUserAnonymousUser Posts: 51,513
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:27 PM in Lower Back Pain
I have a mild bulge and take darvocet.
What is the best OTC med to compliment this, mostly to take away inflammation I guess.
Thank you!


  • dilaurodilauro New Milford, CT 06776Posts: 8,799
    I like . Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
    I have been taking that for years now and it has helped with so many of my spinal problems. I dont know if it will directly help a bulge, but it has helped with my arthritis, joint pain, sciatica, neck tightness, thoracic burning and more.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Worked very well for me also. But, I am extremely sensitive to sodium and this stuff is loaded. I had to stop taking it due to swelling and a general feeling of not being well. It works well for lots of folks though. My sister swears by Doans Pills but I have not tried them myself. Also you may want to check with your pharmacy before adding any OTC med to a prescription med.
  • I really don't think there are any for severe back pain except maybe prescription strength Aleve. I prefer it over motrin because you only take it once daily. You can add glucosamine chondroitin to it for enhanced relief, and take extra strength tylenol every 6 hours. I never tried Doans pill, so I can't say how it works.
  • I'll give Glucosamine Chondroidine a try.
  • Ibuprophen(advil) takes down swelling, Acemetophen (Tylenol) is for pain. carefull taking Advil, make sure u eat with them, burn ulcers in your stomach!
  • Excedrin Back and Body extra strenght works great. I think it even works better than Zanaflex. Excedrin also has one tension headaches. It has caffine in it so don't take it at night. Doesn't work as well as Back and Body but is good.
  • I find that Aleve has been a lifesaver for me. I've tried everything but Aleve is the ONLY OTC that has ever helped. I would suggest though that you talk to your pharmicist first. Darvocet already has an OTC in it and you may not want to mix another or different type with it. I've had discussions concerning this many times with my two sisters who are nurses plus it's something that I've read about. Sometimes when you take two different OTC's such as what is in your Darvocet and what you choose from OTC, the two can work against each other and negate the effectiveness. nother problem that you can run into is that you end up with too much OTC in your system and that is hard on your liver and kidneys. I hope you find something that works for you soon, good luck!
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