Drugs, Medications, and Spinal Injections for Degenerative Disc Disease

Reviewed by Jason M. Highsmith, MD

Your doctor may suggest taking medications to help deal with the pain from degenerative disc disease (DDD). The severity of your symptoms determines what medications you may need, and it also makes a difference if your pain is acute or chronic.

As with any drugs or medications, you shouldn't take anything without first consulting your doctor to see if it's the best option for you. Most likely, you'll go through a progression of medications, first trying over-the-counter medications. If those don't work, your doctor may prescribe stronger medications. If those don't help, you may have spinal injections that send a stronger medication right to the source of your pain.

Over-the-Counter Medications for Degenerative Disc Disease

Prescription Medications for Degenerative Disc Disease

Medication Warning
As with all medications, you must follow your doctor's advice precisely. Never mix over-the-counter and prescribed drugs without first consulting your doctor. Also, as your doctor decides what to prescribe, be sure to tell him or her if you're using any herbal supplements, in addition to any other prescription medications you're taking.

Spinal Injections for Degenerative Disc Disease

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