Medications

YOUR DOCTOR MAY PRESCRIBE NON STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATIONS (NSAIDs), PAIN RELIEVERS, MUSCLE RELAXANTS, OR STEROIDS.

  1. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), or celecoxib (Celebrex), may be used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

    Long-term use of NSAIDs may cause stomach ulcers as well as kidney and liver problems. 

     

  2. Analgesics, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), can relieve pain but don’t have the anti-inflammatory effects of NSAIDs.
     

  3. Muscle relaxants, such as methocarbamol (Robaxin), carisoprodol (Soma) and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), may be prescribed to control muscle spasms.
     

  4. Steroids may be prescribed to reduce the swelling and inflammation of the nerves. They are taken orally (as a Medrol dose pack) in a tapering dosage over a five-day period. It has the advantage of providing almost immediate pain relief within a 24-hour period.
     

  5. For severe pain, opioids such as Tramadol, hydrocodone (Norco, Vicodin) or oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) can be considered. However, these medications should only be taken under careful supervision of a physician given their possible adverse effects and the potential to lead to addiction.