In some cases, your back pain is so severe that narcotic medication may be prescribed to help manage your pain levels. Pain medications can be very potent, and they need to be used exactly as Dr. Siddiqui recommends so you can minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of this treatment.
Narcotic medication is usually used for short-term treatment of pain, as using pain medication for too long causes your body to build up a resistance against it, making it ineffective.
What to Expect with Narcotic Medication
There are a few different classes of narcotic medication used to treat back pain. These include:
- Hydrocodone (e.g. Vicodin)
- Oxycodone (e.g. Oxycontin)
These medications vary in their strength, so Dr. Siddiqui will have to exam you closely to determine which one is right for you.
Common Questions about Narcotic Medication
Want to learn more about pain management with narcotic medication? Read the answers to these frequently asked questions about this treatment.
- Do I need a prescription for narcotic medication? Yes. You cannot legally obtain these pain pills without a prescription from your physician. Let Dr. Siddiqui examine you to determine your candidacy for pain medication treatment. Call 1.866.MY.SPINE (697-7463) or CLICK HERE to schedule your appointment today!
- Is narcotic medication a long-term treatment? No. Narcotic medication is typically used on a temporary basis to relieve your back pain. It may be used after spine surgery, or you could be placed on pain medication temporarily until an official treatment plan is developed.
- Are there any risks with medication? There are always risks with pain medications. Dr. Siddiqui can educate you on your treatment options so you can understand the benefits and drawbacks of your narcotic medication.