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Are prescription medications available for degenerative disc disease?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
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Prescription medications for degenerative disc disease include steroids, analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxers. Steroids treat the pain of degenerative disc disease by reducing inflammation. Your doctor may also prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Prescription-strength analgesics provide pain relief only, and muscle relaxers work to stop spasms.

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