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Slipped Disk (cont.)

Medications for a Slipped Disk

Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Motrin) and others, may be recommended. These can generally be safely taken with acetaminophen (Tylenol) as home remedies for a slipped disk. Medicines to relax the surrounding muscle tightness and spasms are sometimes used (cyclobenzaprine, [Flexeril] or diazepam [Valium]). A short course of a medical steroid (corticosteroids, similar to cortisone), such as prednisone, prednisolone, and methylprednisolone (Medrol), also may be used. Injections of cortisone can help suppress the inflammation and therefore the pain. For pain relief, narcotic medication is sometimes added for a short period of time.

In some cases, drugs that treat "nerve pain" such as gabapentin (Neurontin), pregabalin (Lyrica), or tramadol (Ultram) can help relieve the pain.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014

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