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Spine & Pain Management in Anderson, Easley, Greenville, Upstate SC

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Firstline Meds

Over The Counter Medications and Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Medications:

When it comes to treating chronic pain, medications play a crucial role. There are numerous medications available to help you manage pain. However, every pain patient is different and responds to medications differently. Some people may need to take prescription-strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily, while others may need something more potent, such as an opioid.

Over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, usually just aren't strong enough. The majority of chronic pain patients need prescription medications to cope with pain.

Although there are many types and brands of medications, what medication your doctor prescribes depends on you—your pain level, treatment goals, and overall health.

Before taking any medication, even if it's an over-the-counter medication, discuss the medication with your doctor. Some medications have serious side effects if they're not taken as directed. Also, make sure you tell your doctor about everything you're taking, including herbal remedies and supplements, because of possible drug interactions or side effects.

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs are a type of
analgesic (a painkiller or pain reliever) but they also help fight inflammation.

They're similar to steroids because they work on the body's inflammatory response. However, NSAIDs do this without using steroids. If taken long-term, steroids have side effects, such as weight gain and osteoporosis Your body also gets used to the steroids, so you have to gradually stop taking them.

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and headaches, are common conditions that NSAIDs treat.

COX-2 inhibitors are a newer class of prescription-strength NSAIDs. Examples of COX-2 inhibitors are celecoxib (Celebrex) and meloxicam (Mobic).