Pharmaceutical Treatment Options Available:
These options include oral medications, topical gels/creams and patches, and topical application of ice and heat.
Many over-the-counter topical medications are available as gels, creams, sprays, roll-on, and patches.
Over-the-counter medications are readily available at local pharmacies without a prescription.
Prescription medications require a prescription to be sent to your pharmacy.
Steroids: Medications used to help reduce pain and inflammation, especially for pain flares, given for a short period of time. Please avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, naproxen, etc. while taking steroids.
Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs): Medications used to help reduce pain and inflammation, may be over the counter or prescription.
Examples: Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil), Aleve (Naprosyn/naproxen), Celebrex (celecoxib), Mobic (meloxicam), oral Voltaren (diclofenac sodium)