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Medications for Back Pain

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

What is 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.

Medications 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 152 reviews
6.0

Generic name: tramadol systemic

Brand names:  Ultram, ConZip, Ultram ER, Ryzolt, Ultram ODT, Rybix ODT

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
Norco C 2 X 70 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 187 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

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

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
ibuprofen C N X 10 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

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

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
Ultram C 4 X 19 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 13 reviews
7.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: 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

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
Lortab C 2 X 38 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 23 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

 
diclofenac D N X 58 reviews
7.0

Generic name: diclofenac systemic

Brand names:  Voltaren, Cataflam, Zipsor, Voltaren-XR

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
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

 
Aleve C N X 26 reviews
6.0

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Voltaren D N X 18 reviews
7.0

Generic name: diclofenac systemic

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

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 agents

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 agents

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 agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: 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

 
Motrin C N X 2 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ibuprofen systemic

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: 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

 
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

 
Relafen Off Label C N X 12 reviews
7.0

Generic name: nabumetone systemic

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
aspirin N N X 8 reviews
7.0

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Brand names:  Bayer Aspirin, Ecotrin, Arthritis Pain, Ascriptin, Aspergum, Aspiritab, Aspirtab, Bufferin Low Dose, Easprin, Ecpirin, Entercote, Fasprin, Genacote, Halfprin, Norwich Aspirin

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
Anaprox C N X 3 reviews
5.0

Generic name: naproxen systemic

Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Hycet C 2 X Add review
7.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
duloxetine C N X 27 reviews
6.0

Generic name: duloxetine systemic

Brand names:  Cymbalta, Irenka

Drug class: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
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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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