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Treating Sciatica with Medications

Treating sciatica with medications is common, due to the ease, convenience, and productivity of simply taking oral pills or injecting steroids. Generally with sciatica, there is something inside the body compressing the sciatic nerve, which, in turn, causes severe pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs. Taking medication for these symptoms can temporarily ease the pain and reduce any inflammation. There are different types of drugs that can be taken for sciatica:

  • Pain relievers (over the counter and prescription)
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle relaxers

Pain relievers, such as Tylenol, Advil, or hydrocodone (prescribed) can help with any pain you are having associated with sciatica. For moderate, easily bearable pain, Tylenol and Advil are usually recommended. However, if you are experiencing severe pain, hydrocodone might be prescribed to help you temporarily deal with it until further action needs to be taken.

Anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen will help any compression or inflammation putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. Furthermore, there are multiple different kinds of muscle relaxers that are typically prescribed, but have a muscle calming effect, also relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve. We highly recommend you call us before you start taking any medications for back pain. Taking the wrong medicine can damage your liver and other organs, so we recommend getting medical advice so we can better treat your sciatica.

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