Analgesics for Back Pain and Neck Pain
Simply put, analgesics are pain-relieving drugs. In fact, the word “analgesic” is derived from the Greek words “an” and “algesis,” meaning without pain. If you’ve ever suffered from a back and/or neck condition, you’ve likely taken an analgesic to reduce your symptoms. You might even know them better as painkillers. Common analgesics are acetaminophen (over-the-counter) and opioids (prescription).
Analgesics are a large class of medications that are available in oral or topical form. Some analgesics can be purchased over-the-counter, while others can be used only with a prescription. Some relieve pain, while others reduce pain and inflammation.
To help you best understand this group of medications, this article has 2 main sections: over-the-counter analgesics and prescription analgesics.