Patient Comments: Sciatica - Medications

What effective OTC or prescription medications were helpful with your sciatica?

Comment from: One, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I find relief with Ibuprofen since it's an anti-inflammatory, ice (bag of frozen food or soft ice pack is best) and stretching exercises a physical therapist taught me. Treat your back like glass for few days when in the acute stage, no bending from waist without bending your knees. If you're driving a lot, take breaks and do some stretches. If you sit at a desk all day, get a pillow to support your back, lower your chair so that you don't have to bend down to your desk.

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Comment from: Des, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 10

I have had sciatica for 9 months now. Originally I was given codydramol and naproxen (prescription only) from the GP, and this worked for a while. In December my pain became far more severe and I am currently off work as I can hardly move. Since this happened, I have been given naproxen, tramadol, morphine and diazepam and these drugs are helping to relieve the pain a lot. I have an MRI scan in a few days time and I am hoping that they can then decide the best way for my management.

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Comment from: Jomanka, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I suffered with chronic pain due to sciatica for 19 months. The pain was severe and 24/7. I was prescribed many strong painkillers; none of which worked. My GP then prescribed Amitryptiline; an anti-depressant. Within a week, I was totally pain free. It worked for me and with no side effects. My GP explained that I was holding the memory of the chronic pain and that this drug was given to amputees who could still feel pain in limbs that were no longer there.

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Comment from: Juls, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have not found any OTC medication to relieve my sciatica pain. A slight relief was noticed with 800mg of Ibuprophen but not for long. Prescription drugs such as pain killers or valium have helped to take the edge off for a few hours at a time. Heat and massage feel good but do little to take away the pain for any long lengths of time. Better posture and always wearing a bra has helped take the pressure off somewhat.

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