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.

How oxycodone (Oxycontin or Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine and other narcotic medications are used to treat back pain, including side effects.

Difficulty swallowing pain medication can be caused by dozens of things. Learn the potential causes and their treatments.

New information about health risks associated with COX-2 inhibitors and other NSAIDs. Treatment options vary based on individual risk factors, treatment needs and past experiences taking NSAIDs.

Ultram (tramadol) and similar medications are used to treat low back pain because there is low incidence of patients building tolerance or becoming addicted

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