Medication Management

Performed by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Some of these are available over the counter while others are available by prescription. All of these relieve pain by reducing inflammation.

Steroids

Steroids are available in oral form and injections used to eliminate inflammation that is causing pain. They are typically used on a short-term basis.

Muscle Relaxants

These are prescription medications that reduce muscle spasms and thereby can reduce pain.

Anticonvulsants

These prescription medications reduce pain by lessening the sensitivity of the nervous system.

Sleep medications

Pain can often disrupt sleep and make it more difficult for a person to cope with their pain. Sleep medications are prescribed to improve restorative sleep.

Antidepressants

Chronic pain patients often experience symptoms of depression. Antidepressants can improve mood and make it easier to tolerate pain. They can also have a direct effect on reducing pain.

Opioids

These prescription medications can be used to treat acute or chronic pain. Due to their side effects, these medications are closely regulated and are not suitable for everyone.

Note: All medications should be taken as directed by your doctor