What is the best over the counter anti inflammatory for back pain?
Tylenol (acetaminophen), while not a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is also a common over-the-counter pain reliever used to treat back pain. There are also prescription-only NSAIDs, such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), meloxicam (Mobic), and nabumetone (Relafen).
Ibuprofen. This medication is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that reduces fevers, pain, and inflammation. NSAIDs work by lowering the amount of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins.
- Advice about taking ibuprofen with a quinolone antibiotic: A few people have had a seizure (fit) when taking anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen with a quinolone antibiotic. This is very unlikely to happen. But to be safe, don't take ibuprofen with one of these antibiotics unless a doctor has told you to.
- Liver-safe: Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS rarely affect the liver. Unlike acetaminophen (Tylenol) most NSAIDs are absorbed completely and have negligible first-pass hepatic (liver) metabolism. In other words, the way NSAIDS are metabolized makes liver toxicity (hepatotoxicity) very rare.
- Aleve is an over-the-counter (OTC), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that provides temporary relief from minor aches and pains from a variety of conditions. It also temporarily reduces fever.
Updated: 25th November 2019