Do You Really Need Over-the-Counter Back Pain Relievers?

The range of treatment options for back problems are not usually found in a doctor’s office, it is obtained from the medicine cabinet. Any sort of back pain and people rush towards the pain-relieving powers of anti-inflammatory medicines usually accessible over the counter. Being easily available doesn’t mean these pills have zero drawbacks. Learning the use of the medications and when to restrict will go a long way in effectively managing your pain.

Over the counter back pain medicine.

Efficacy of NSAID’S

Once the pain outbreaks people usually seek acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug which commonly comes as Aspirin, Advil, and Aleve better known as the NSAID’S. These are quite effective in relieving pain for the instance. Due to such effectiveness, these medications are recommended by CDC’s guidelines that identify acetaminophen and NSAID’s useful for arthritis and low back pain.

Acetaminophen is already a component of more than 500 OTC and prescription medications. It has proven pain relieving and fever reducing capabilities. Most common applications of acetaminophen are in treating headaches and common pains. According to the study in the Journal of Pharmacy and Therapeutics. The way in which these medications relieve the pain is largely unknown.

According to FDA, these medications block chemical production in the body that are mainly associated with inflammation and pain. As these NSAID’s are found in more than 550 medicines they provide relief from back pain and inflammation but for a temporary basis.

Dosing information Ignored

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) released a survey the present year, according to which American were seen to ignore dosing information on the OTC medications. This is mostly true for individuals suffering from chronic pain. Actually, 43 percent of the chronic pain sufferers were observed to report the over dosage of these OTC medications. An exact 28 percent of these sufferers were seen to develop complications due to overdose as a result of using these medicines.

Overdose for sure isn’t on most of the people’s cards when they usually seek for an acetaminophen or NSAID regimen. Chronic pain sufferers with a surprising percentage of 66 don’t take directions of pain medications seriously, they deal them as mere guidelines. 27 percent of them are to cross the dose limit than directed.

Overdosing on OTC meds isn’t something many people take into consideration when they begin an acetaminophen or NSAID regimen. But the fact that 66 percent of those with chronic pain believe the directions on pain medications are merely guidelines and 27 percent are willing to take more medicine than directed. This is due to their psyche that tells them higher doses will make their symptoms disappear faster. According to AGA overdoses are more common than people think. An average gastroenterologist sees around 90 cases of OTC pain medicine that are overdosed.

Problems are more common when individuals experiment OTC medicines for pain and multi-symptom OTC for allergies (colds, or flu symptoms), as it likely contains the same active ingredient. Mixing them daily in terms of doses can increase the daily dosage of acetaminophen or NSAID. That will lead to more fatal side effects.

Side Effects that come with NSAID’S

NSAID’S being an instant pain reliever do have the potential to cause bleeding in the stomach or digestive tract. Patients older than 65 or have stomach ulcers or those who’re taking blood thinners (corticosteroids) should expect worse. According to study NSAID’s potentially increase the risk of heart attacks and evens strokes. As a result, FDA is strengthening labeled warnings regarding such issues. On the contrary acetaminophen is known not to be fatal on the stomach as compared to NSAID’s, but still some side effects are there. In fact, a large number of doses or use for longer periods of time is seen to damage the liver, particularly for individuals that have more than three alcoholic drinks per day. Not to forget deaths from OTC are not common. As are from medications such as opioids. 881 deaths were recorded few years ago from acetaminophen over-dosage and 1 from NSAID’S.

Treatment Options to cure the exact cause of Back Pain

People living with chronic back pain can safely get a relief. Only a health care professional can help you manage chronic pain more effectively. A well versed healthcare provider can ensure this by determining the correct dosage of OTC medications. He can further assist you in not interacting or overlapping with another form of medications. Other treatment options for longer pain relief such as injections, nerve blocks and implants can be well provided by a healthcare provider.

OTC pain relievers can provide a degree of relief oftentimes but they fail in treating the true cause of the pain. So, when pain strikes despite seeking OTC medications, switching to an alternative treatment option for pain management is advised.

Drug-Free Back Pain Treatment

We at Spinal Backrack believe that NO PAINKILLERS, STEROID INJECTIONS, OR EVEN SURGERY IS NEEDED to treat the causes of back pain until you have:

  1. Fractured, or broken vertebrae
  2. Certain infections
  3. Cancer


Backrack back pain machine.

In our opinion, non-surgical spinal decompression is the ultimate back pain treatment and we offer an innovative spinal decompression technology to serve the purpose. Checkout our Backrack™ device to treat not only symptoms but the causes of back pain in the comfort of your own home.