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.

There are three categories of breakthrough pain that patients who are long-term narcotics users may experience.

Because breakthrough pain starts and peaks quickly, there's a balance to getting the fast-acting medication to treat it just right.

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