Naproxen Alone May Be Best for Acute Low Back Pain
Am Fam Physician. 2016 Feb 15;93(4):316.
What is the optimal medication regimen for treating adults with acute low back pain (LBP)?
Naproxen alone is as effective as naproxen plus oxycodone/acetaminophen or naproxen plus cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) in reducing pain and improving function in adults with acute musculoskeletal LBP without radicular symptoms. Adverse events were significantly more common in patients additionally treated with either muscle relaxants or opioids. Be sure to note the exclusion criteria in the synopsis. (Level of Evidence = 1b)
Clinicians commonly treat acute LBP with a combination of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and opioids. These investigators identified adults (N = 323), 21 to 64 years of age, presenting to the emergency department
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