Drugs and Medications for Kyphosis

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Kyphosis - Printed Diagnosis with Mint Green Pills, Injections and SyringeIf you're experiencing pain as a result of your kyphotic curve, there are drugs and medications that you can take to deal with it. Patients with either postural or structural kyphosis can take medications to deal with pain.

Talk to the doctor about the pain—the intensity, when it's the especially bad, and what makes it better. When you talk to the doctor, be sure to mention all other medications, herbs, or supplements that you take; that will help you avoid any possible negative interactions.

The doctor will probably start by recommending over-the-counter medications because these aren't as strong as prescription medication. If over-the-counter medications reduce or control the pain, then you won't have to take anything stronger.

Over-the-counter Medications for Kyphosis-related Pain

  • Acetaminophen: Tylenol is the brand name of acetaminophen, which is also known as an analgesic. That's the technical medical term for what most of us call painkillers. Tylenol and other analgesics don't reduce any inflammation you may have, but they are good for reducing pain. It works by blocking your brain's perception of pain, so acetaminophen works well for pain flare-ups associated with the kyphosis.
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs): A couple of examples of over-the-counter NSAIDs are Advil and Aleve. NSAIDs should help reduce any inflammation and pain.

    By taking an NSAID, you are building up an anti-inflammatory effect in your system, so it's necessary to take it for awhile. That is, NSAIDs won't be as effective if you take them just when you have pain. Because they build up in your body and work to limit inflammation, NSAIDs are better for chronic pain sufferers.

If over-the-counter medications don't sufficiently relieve your pain, the doctor may prescribe something stronger. He or she will prescribe the best medication for your pain and other symptoms.

Drugs and medications alone won't "heal" kyphosis. They are, in fact, masking one of the symptoms*mdash;pain. Take advantage of the pain-free times (or times when you have less pain) to work on strengthening your back muscles. This is particularly important if you have postural kyphosis.

Updated on: 03/01/16
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Jason M. Highsmith, MD
This article was reviewed by Jason M. Highsmith, MD.
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