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Opioids for Chronic Neck Pain: Nonopioid Treatment Options

Lisa is managing her chronic neck pain using an opioid drug. Her doctor recommends reducing the medication dose and she is worried. A spine surgeon, physiatrist and pain management specialist answer Lisa's pain treatment questions.

Drug Therapy Treats Spinal Ankylosing Spondylitis

Patients with ankylosing spondylitis, a type of spinal inflammatory arthritis, may benefit from SIMPONI ARIA® (golimumab); an infusion drug therapy.

Opioids for Severe Back Pain and Neck Pain

Opioids are powerful prescription-only medications known as analgesics; drugs that may help reduce back and neck pain.

Muscle Relaxants for Back Pain and Neck Pain

Painful muscle spasms in your back or neck may be eased by taking a muscle relaxant medication your doctor prescribes.

Over-the-counter Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs for Spine Pain

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are among the most effective and frequently used first-line treatments for back and neck pain. Types of NSAIDs, how these drugs work to reduce spine pain and safety tips.

Analgesics for Back Pain and Neck Pain

Analgesics are pain-relieving drugs often taken to help reduce back or neck pain. You may know them better as painkillers, and some are narcotics.

Anticonvulsant Medication May Help Relieve Neuropathic Neck and Back Pain

Anticonvulsant medication may reduce neuropathic neck and back pain that originates in the spine's nerves. An anticonvulsant, such as gabapentin, may be prescribed as a first line drug therapy or an adjuvant medicine for spine nerve pain.

NSAIDs for Neck or Back Pain: Helpful or Harmful to You?

Over a period of time, NSAIDs can raise blood pressure and effect kidney function.

Buying From Online Pharmacies: Does the Convenience Outweigh the Risks?

Alarmingly, drugs sold online may be counterfeit (fake), contaminated, or have too high or too low a dose.

Acetaminophen: First-Line Defense for Back and Neck Pain

Acetaminophen is a common first-line treatment for back and neck pain. It’s available over-the-counter and an ingredient in some prescription pain drugs.

CNS Depressants: Treatment for Anxiety and Sleep Disorders

Back and neck pain can be hard to live with, but adding an anxiety or sleep disorder can truly damage your quality of life.

Anti-Depressants for Back Pain and Neck Pain

While the pain-relieving ability of antidepressants isn’t fully understood, it’s believed that these drugs work in the central nervous system to reduce pain signals.

Oral Steroids and Back Pain

Oral steroids, or corticosteroids such as prednisone taken by mouth, are prescription anti-inflammatory medications that may be prescribed to treat low back pain or neck pain. Be sure to discuss potentially serious side effects with your doctor.

10 Back and Neck Pain Medication Safety Tips

Much can be lost in translation from the time your physician writes your prescription to when your pharmacist fills it. These 10 tips will help you advocate for your health in the complex world of prescription drugs.

Raising Awareness of Opioid Use in Older Adults and the Elderly

SpineUniverse reported on a study that indicated a 10% increase in opioid addiction or dependency in patients prescribed such medications to treat postoperative pain.

Drugs and Medications Center

The SpineUniverse Drugs and Medications Center explains over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications used to treat back pain and neck pain.

Alcohol: Pain Killer or Pain Causer?

Research studies have found that moderate use of alcohol does relieve pain, such as back or neck pain for many people.

Prescription Medications and You

There are some important things you should be aware of when taking prescription medications.

Bisphosphonates: Osteoporosis Medications That May Help Prevent Spinal Fractures

This article is about a specific class of drugs call bisphosphonates. These medications help increase bone mineral density in the spine (and hips) and may help reduce the risk of fracture.

Treatments for Opioid-induced Constipation

Opioid-induced constipation is a common side effect of taking opioids for chronic back pain or neck pain, Learn about over-the-counter and prescription treatments for OIC.

What Is Opioid-Induced Constipation?

If you are prescribed opioids for your chronic back pain or neck pain, you may experience opioid-induced constipation. Learn what signs and symptoms to watch for and why this is a common side effect of opioids.

Medications Glossary

Terms and definitions help you better understand the drugs and medications used to treat neck and back pain.

Medications for Back Pain and Neck Pain

Read important information regarding over-the-counter and prescription medications for both acute and chronic back pain.

Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist or Doctor about Medications

It's essential to have clear communication with your doctor and pharmacist when it comes to taking drugs and medications. Understanding your treatment will better help you reduce your back and neck pain.

Neuropathic Drugs and Medications

Neuropathic pain is characterized by chronic burning, tingling, and numbness.This article explores the medication options for neuropathic pain.

Prescription NSAIDs: Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Neck or Back Pain

Prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective to help reduce neck or back pain.

Update to FDA Warning: Some Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Drugs Not Linked to Cancer Risk

Regarding common drugs prescribed to treat juvenile idiopathic arthritis, the FDA warning did not acknowledge the impact of these medications on cancer risk, or that JIA alone increases cancer risk.

Biologic Drugs for Back Pain and Neck Pain

Biologic drugs are a special, complex class of medications that help treat spinal inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.

Understanding Your Prescription

Understanding your prescription entails more than just filling it at the pharmacy. This guide includes important medication tips to take into consideration to help you and your family be healthy and safe.

Prescription Lidoderm Patches May Help Relieve Back Pain

Lidoderm is a topic lidocaine patch 5% that may help reduce nerve-related back or neck pain.

6 Ways to Lower Your Back and Neck Pain Prescription Drug Costs

Given the rising drug costs, more people are facing the choice between scrimping to afford a prescription and suffering from back pain.

Other Osteoporosis Medications That May Help Prevent Spinal Fractures

There are many different types of medications that doctors may prescribe to treat osteoporosis and help reduce the risk for a painful spinal fracture.

Osteoporosis Drug Shows Promise for Fracture Prevention

Osteoporosis affects many postmenopausal women. This study compared alendronate and romosozumab to determine which drug better reduced fracture risk.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants and Stimulants

An overview of central nervous system (CNS) depressants and stimulants; their prescribed use and guidelines to prevent abuse.

Pain Management: Therapy Targeted to Treat Chronic Pain

Some patients with chronic back or neck pain should not be discouraged as there are other treatments besides drug therapy to help alleviate pain.

Opioids for Chronic Neck Pain: Continue or Taper the Dose?

Lisa has taken an opioid to manage her chronic neck pain, but her doctor has recommended reducing her dose. Three spine doctors discuss.

Six Things to Know About Storing and Disposing Prescription Drugs

Properly disposing of medications is important and more complicated than you think.

Antibiotic Prophylactic Treatment For Dental Work

Learn what the experts say about antibiotic prophylactic treatment for dental work for patients with spinal implants.

Back Pain Conditions Treated with Medications

If you have back pain or neck pain, regardless of your specific condition, drugs and medications will most likely be part of your treatment regimen.

Opioids and Pain Relief

Opioids act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are found in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract.

What is Pharmacogenetics?

Pharmacogenetics combines the study of how drugs work in the body with genetics. Future advances in this area will lead to 'personalized medicine'.

How Do Topical Drugs Reduce Back and Neck Pain?

Many different types of medication with different methods of delivery are available to treat patients with back and neck pain.

Opioids in the Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain

Should opioids be used for acute low back pain? A pain management specialist addresses this important pain question.

Anti-depressant Medication Used to Treat Low Back Pain

Should you talk to your doctor about taking this for your low back pain?

FDA Proposes Labeling Changes to Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposes over-the-counter drug labeling changes to safeguard patients.

Back Pain Treatment Options

This article discusses the most commonly used treatments for back pain available today, including drugs and medications to bring pain relief.

Drugs Used to Treat Pain: Opioids - Narcotics

Although the terminology is not precisely correct, pain-relieving opioids are often called narcotics, and they may be prescribed to treat many types of pain.

Safety First: Prescription Medications and You

Safety first! Prevent dangerous problems with prescription medications.

New Drug Development

With new research on disease comes new drug development. Here is a complete understanding of how new medications become a part of our lives.

What is the Future of Pain Research?

Investigators are working to develop a future generation of pain medications that will take advantage of the body's pain switching center.

Prescription Pain and Other Medications

Many studies have shown that when properly managed, opioid analgesic compounds are safe and rarely cause addiction.

Painkillers and the Kidneys: Analgesic Nephropathy

Analgesic nephropathy is a type of kidney damage resulting from taking painkillers every day for several years.

NSAIDs and Peptic Ulcers

Certain NSAIDs can hinder the mechanisms that protect the stomach lining from the development of a peptic ulcer.

Narcotics

Narcotics may be prescribed to control more serious pain. These are classified as controlled substances and are addictive.

Trends in Prescription Medication Abuse

A report generated by the United States Federal government reviews trends in prescription medication abuse among teenagers.

Spine Specialists On-Call: Pain Management Options for Chronic Pain

Daniel S. Bennett, MD talks with SpineUniverse about the management of chronic pain, particularly in light of recent controversies of many prescription pain medications.
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