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Medications for Back Pain

Other names: Backache; Degenerative Disc Disease; Pain, back; Slipped Disc

About Back Pain:  Back pain is a variably unpleasant sensation in the lumbar, lumbosacral, or cervical regions of the back. Causes include stress or injury involving the back muscles, disease or injury involving the back vertebrae or the spinal nerves and kidney infection.

Drugs Used to Treat Back Pain

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
tramadol C 4 X 166 reviews
6.0

Generic name: tramadol systemic

Brand names:  Ultram, ConZip, Ultram ER, Ultram ODT, Ryzolt, Rybix ODT …show all

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Norco C 2 X 73 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

acetaminophen / hydrocodone C 2 X 208 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Brand names:  Norco, Vicodin, Lortab, Vicodin ES, Lorcet 10 / 650, Hycet, Vicodin HP, Co-Gesic, Lorcet Plus, Maxidone, Xodol, Zydone, Anexsia, Liquicet, Stagesic, Theracodophen Low 90, Zamicet, Zolvit …show all

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

ibuprofen C N X 11 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Brand names:  Advil, Motrin, IBU, Ibu-8, A-G Profen, Actiprofen, Addaprin, Advil Liqui-Gels, Genpril, Haltran, Ibu-4, Ibu-6, IBU-200, Ibu-Tab, Midol IB, Motrin IB, Nuprin, Proprinal, Q-Profen …show all

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

naproxen C N X 75 reviews
6.0

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Brand names:  Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox, Naprelan, Aflaxen, All Day Pain Relief, All Day Relief, Anaprox-DS, EC-Naprosyn, Flanax Pain Reliever, Midol Extended Relief …show all

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Ultram C 4 X 20 reviews
7.0

Generic name: tramadol systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Vicodin C 2 X 14 reviews
7.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

diclofenac D N X 62 reviews
7.0

Generic name: diclofenac systemic

Brand names:  Voltaren, Cataflam, Zipsor, Voltaren-XR …show all

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Lortab C 2 X 39 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Cymbalta C N X 29 reviews
6.0

Generic name: duloxetine systemic

Drug class: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Aleve C N X 26 reviews
6.0

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Vicodin ES C 2 X 5 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Voltaren D N X 18 reviews
7.0

Generic name: diclofenac systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Advil C N X 3 reviews
3.0

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Naprosyn C N X 5 reviews
7.0

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Cataflam D N X 6 reviews
8.0

Generic name: diclofenac systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Motrin C N X 2 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

aspirin N N X 8 reviews
7.0

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Brand names:  Bayer Aspirin, Ecotrin, Arthritis Pain, Ascriptin, Aspergum, Aspiritab, Aspirtab, Easprin, Ecpirin, Entercote, Fasprin, Genacote, Halfprin, Norwich Aspirin …show all

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Bayer Aspirin N N X 3 reviews
6.0

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

duloxetine C N X 34 reviews
6.0

Generic name: duloxetine systemic

Brand names:  Cymbalta, Irenka

Drug class: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Ecotrin N N X Add review
5.0

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

IBU C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Relafen Off Label C N X 13 reviews
6.0

Generic name: nabumetone systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Anaprox C N X 3 reviews
5.0

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Lorcet 10 / 650 C 2 X 10 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
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Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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