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Does an NSAID like Naproxen (aleve) or Ibuprofen relieve pain as well as codeine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone for sudden onset (acute) back pain?


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Narcotic pain medications are on everyone’s radar. With more than 100 Americans dying every day from drug overdoses, it’s really become a flashpoint. You may try taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen together for more synergistic pain relief. Try to avoid narcotics…some people can get hooked after just one dose.


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