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What medications are used to treat chronic low back pain?

Both non-narcotic and, rarely, narcotic pain medications may be used in the treatment of chronic low back pain.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are helpful with pain control and may help reduce inflammation. Muscle relaxants can also help with chronic pain and may enhance the effects of other pain medications. Nerve-stabilizing drugs (antidepressants and antiseizure medications) are used to treat nerve-mediated pain. All these medications have different potential side effects and interactions and should be carefully monitored by your healthcare professional.

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