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.