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How are benzodiazepines used to treat lower back pain?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Benzodiazepines appear to be about as effective as muscle relaxants for short-term relief of low back pain. They should only be used for a limited period of time since they can be habit-forming. They are sometimes prescribed for people who have insomnia, anxiety, or muscle spasms with their pain. But they are not approved by the FDA for treatment of low back pain. 

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