Medications are categorized by delivery method and by the different types of medications.
Pain medication is used to treat a range of back and neck conditions. Medications, such as acetaminophen, NSAIDs, 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.
Because breakthrough pain starts and peaks quickly, there's a balance to getting the fast-acting medication to treat it just right.
NSAIDs are a popular medication for treating pain and inflammation, a common cause of back and neck problems.
The powerful effects of narcotic pain mediations, or opioids, require patients take care to avoid accidental overdoes, dependence, and other side effects.
Opioid Pain Medications
How oxycodone (Oxycontin or Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine and other narcotic medications are used to treat back pain, including side effects.