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Does taking a narcotic (Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) reduce non cancerous low back pain better than Diclofenac (non steroid anti inflammatory)?


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MedHead Message:

Although narcotics do result in less pain in the short term, side effects and the need to increase doses outweigh the potential benefit over taking a non-addictive, non-steroid anti-inflammatory such as diclofenac.


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