2 years ago1,000+ Views

Suffer from lower back pain?

There might be a new solution coming your way, especially if you're nervous about traditional painkillers. A new study suggests that Naproxen, a drug available over-the-counter and by prescription, is just as effective for treating lower back pain as prescription-only pain painkillers like Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen).

Why is that awesome news?

Percoset is a hell of a drug. Not everyone can take this prescription painkiller; it carries heavy risks of liver damage, respiratory complications, and interacting with other medications. Plus, it's extremely addictive, emotionally and physically. If you take Percocet for any length of time, you have to go off of it extremely carefully to avoid heavy withdrawal symptoms, such as unconsciousness, dizziness, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, nausea and drowsiness. And in extreme cases, withdrawal can cause seizures, coma or death.
There's a reason oxycodone, one of Percocet's main ingredients, is considered a party drug – it causes feelings of euphoria, and many people abuse it for that reason. But sadly, these people are often not educated on the dangers of addiction and overdosing.
Obviously, it's best to avoid hardcore painkillers like Percocet if you can. That's why this study is pretty cool news – now, chronic lower back pain sufferers can take Naproxen (which is the active ingredient in Aleve) instead! It's totally non-addictive, and has way fewer risks and side effects associated with it. The study shows that it's just as effective as intense prescription drugs for managing back pain – cool!
If you want to read more about this study, check out this article. I don't suffer from chronic lower back pain, but I know many people who do. I'll definitely be sharing this article with them. Feel free to do so yourself if you know anyone who could benefit.

And for all you lower back pain sufferers, this is great news! Will you be giving Naproxen a try??

View more comments
whats a neorologist? a brain doctor?
yeah. there could be something else going on.
i can believe that.
Yeah honestly @MelissaMae that's not normal, it sounds like you might be having deeper issues :/ you should definitely see a doctor as soon as possible about these mysterious pains. At the very least, they could prescribe you painkillers!
im not having the back pain anymore. that was years ago but now im having another issue that resulted from a foot injury that i never got the proper care for, including pain managment. the doctors are a fucking joke. they knew that ibuprofin was not going to help me with the kind of sharp continuous stabbing pain i was having in my heel. they dont care about me. i dont have insurance. i needed more tests to determine what was causing my pain and the proper pain managment and physical therapy. i never got any of that. i cant even see a real foot doctor who would take care of me. when you dont have insurance they dont care. it has been over a year and to this day, when i try to walk with all my weight on the foot, i get the same stabbing pain in my heel. i have to use a walker. my heel is so sensative that if i just bump it on something it hurts more than it should.