Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are used in the treatment of Lumbar Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Beth B Froese, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

Have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic activities. Their mechanism of action is not known, but may inhibit cyclo-oxygenase activity and prostaglandin synthesis. Other mechanisms may exist as well, such as inhibition of leukotriene synthesis, lysosomal enzyme release, lipoxygenase activity, neutrophil aggregation, and various cell membrane functions.

Ibuprofen (Ibuprin, Motrin)

DOC for patients with mild to moderate pain. Inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing prostaglandin synthesis.

Naproxen (Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, Aleve)

For relief of mild to moderate pain; inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing activity of cyclo-oxygenase, which results in a decrease of prostaglandin synthesis.

Etodolac (Lodine, Lodine XL)

Inhibits prostaglandin synthesis by decreasing activity of the enzyme, cyclo-oxygenase, which results in decreased formation of prostaglandin precursors, which in turn results in reduced inflammation.

Sulindac (Clinoril)

Decreases activity of cyclo-oxygenase and in turn inhibits prostaglandin synthesis. Results in a decreased formation of inflammatory mediators.

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