Pain medication is used to treat a range of back and neck conditions. Medications, such as acetaminophenNSAIDs, muscle relaxants, opioids, and even antidepressants can be used to treat symptoms related to back and neck pain. As with all drugs, pain medications come with side effects and risks. Understanding these medications before you take them can help prevent major issues.

Acetaminophen may be the single most effective non-prescription medication for lower back pain and has the fewest side affects.

While alcohol is sometimes used as a self-prescribed medication to help deal with chronic pain, it probably causes far more problems than it solves and should not be used to treat low back pain.
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