Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) are used in the treatment of Mechanical Back Pain?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020
  • Author: Debra G Perina, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs)

NSAIDs are most commonly used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Although the effectiveness of NSAIDs tends to be patient specific, ibuprofen is usually the DOC for initial therapy. Other options include flurbiprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen.

Ibuprofen (Ibuprin, Advil, Motrin)

DOC to treat mild to moderate pain if no contraindications exist.

Inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing prostaglandin synthesis.

Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprelan, and Naprosyn)

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

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