Anti-Inflammatory Medications for Back Pain Relief Video

This video explains how to correctly use anti-inflammatory medications for back pain relief and to help alleviate inflammation. It also explains the difference between prescription and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, and talks about the precautions one should take before using this type of medication.

Video presented by Andrew Cole, MD

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Video Transcript

Other things you can do are over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, assuming that you don’t have any medical problems that would contraindicate you from using them. Some of those things would include any allergies to aspirin or any of the other anti-inflammatories that may be out there or that you were given by your physician, in which case you should definitely not take any over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. If you have ulcers or reflux, you want to check with your physician first, liver or kidney problems of any kind check with your physician first and make sure that it is safe for you to take those medicines. That will help control pain and inflammation. If you are going to take the medicine, what you are going to want to do is take it at a dose that covers both the pain and the inflammation and pain is covered at a lower dose than the inflammation, which takes a higher dose of the over-the-counter medication. The reason for that is, and the reason the medicine can be sold over-the-counter, is that it’s at a much lower dose than your doctor would prescribe. So ibuprofen is sold at 200 mg and you may take one or two pills two times a day and think you’re taking a lot of medicine, while actually you need to take four of those three times a day to get to the same strength a doctor would prescribe, which is eight hundred mg three times a day if you are between the ages of eighteen and seventy. If you are over seventy, then you need to speak with your physician again because your kidney function and other functions may be impaired to some degree because of age and you have to cut back the dose.

Elderly and high risk cardiac patients may have an increased risk of a cardiovascular disease event such as heart attack, stroke, or congestive heart failure when taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Please consult your physician before taking any NSAIDs or other treatment program.