Navigation Links
NSAIDs No Better for Low Back Pain
Date:1/23/2008

Acetaminophen provides comparable relief, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to treating low back pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen and ibuprofen are no more effective than acetaminophen.

That's the conclusion of researchers who reviewed more than 65 studies that included more than 11,000 people with low back pain.

The review authors concluded that NSAIDs are "slightly effective" for short-term symptomatic relief in patients with acute and chronic low back pain without sciatica. But they said it's unclear whether NSAIDs work better than simple analgesics or other drugs. No kind of NSAID was obviously better than another.

NSAIDs were not superior to acetaminophen, the researchers said.

The researchers said the review data "support guidelines for the management of low back pain in primary care that recommend NSAIDs as a treatment option after (acetaminophen) has been tried, since there are fewer side effects with (acetaminophen)," said lead reviewer Pepijn Roelofs, a doctoral student at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Roelofs and colleagues noted there's "conflicting evidence that NSAIDs are more effective than simple analgesics and bed rest, and moderate evidence that NSAIDs are not more effective than other drugs, physiotherapy or spinal manipulation for low back pain."

The review was published in the current issue of the journal The Cochrane Library.

"Currently, the long-term use of NSAIDs is controversial because of cardiovascular adverse effects in patients with cardiovascular risk factors, such as previous angina pectoris, heart failure and myocardial infarction," Roelofs said.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about low back pain.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCES: Center for the Advancement of Health, news release, Jan. 22, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. NSAIDs Protect Against Parkinsons Disease
2. Link Uncovered Between Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and NSAIDs, Says Harvard Mens Health Watch
3. Using coxibs and NSAIDs to treat osteoarthritis
4. Queens immunologists find better way to boost the immune system
5. EPA grant to UC engineering makes for a better environment
6. Better access to cool caps improves outcomes, lowers cost of treating asphyxia in newborns
7. Heart patients find education programs lead to better health
8. International Sports Sciences Associations Ten Best Resolutions for Better Health in 2008
9. Treatment with NAC is associated with better outcomes for children with liver failure
10. MRI techniques evolving towards better assessment of liver fibrosis
11. Combined Boards Provide Better Care to More Clients More Efficiently
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... (SOP) alumni Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along ... updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... influential people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural ... views from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains ... possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to ... dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... products to meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From ... probiotic experts and tested to meet the highest standard. , These products ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped ... Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... Mich. , Oct. 2, 2017 Diplomat ... 8th Day Software and Consulting, LLC , and ... 8th Day Software, based in Tennessee ... LLC. 8th Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for health ... development. "In an ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, the combined ... Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime), ... which included the unveiling of new signage at its ... well as at a few other company-owned facilities across ... to patients, some of whom will begin to see ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Denmark , Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound ... in the struggle to reverse the tide of prescription drug ... for regulating their medicine intake and stepping down their dosage ... set to launch in December 2017; the first 100,000 people ... Learn more at http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: