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.

Depending on how much pain or discomfort is experienced when trying to swallow pills, patients have different treatment options.
Since many doctors underestimate the number of patients who have difficulty swallowing oral pain medication, it is up to patients to raise the issue.

Types of NSAIDs

A handful of brand-name non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are familiar to most people, but there are many lesser-known NSAIDs available.

People taking narcotic pain medication around the clock may experience sudden, more intense spikes of pain called breakthrough pain.
Vioxx is a COX-2 inhibitor that was recalled in September 2004. Since then, questions have arisen about the potential safety risks for other COX-2 inhibitors.

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