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In most cases, medications will be recommended to treat acute low back pain. The medicines most commonly suggested include:

  • Acetaminophen
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen)
  • Prescription pain relievers
  • Prescription muscle relaxants

It’s important to note that over-the-counter medications can interact with other medicines, nutritional supplements, and herbal remedies, so patients should talk to their healthcare provider or pharmacist about all of the medications they are currently taking. It’s also important to take all medications as directed.