Using prescription drugs to help neck pain is not something that is usually done. Generally, doctors stay away from prescription medication for neck pain unless an examination is done and it is verified that the patient really requires help to handle the pain. This is mainly because the prescription drugs that are used as a remedy for neck pain usually are very potent and have several bad side effects.


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Select the proper type of oral steroids and use them to treat intense neck pain that are not relieved by over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Remember that steroids should not be used longer than one week.

Let your doctor know if you have diabetes or an existing infection, since steroids can have an influence on specific normal functions of the body and cause adverse side effects.

If you have recently suffered an injury that is causing debilitating pain, ask your physician about narcotic pain medications.

Let your doctor know if you have used drugs or had problems with drug addiction in the past, since you could become addicted to narcotics. While they may be able to help over a short period of time, addiction becomes more likely with extended use.

Remember that narcotic drugs cannot be used for more than 10 to 14 days, as you  eventually become tolerant to the medication, and the narcotics are no longer effective.

Think about using muscle relaxants to help with neck pain that comes from muscle spasms. This is especially useful for those who are generally under severe stress and can benefit from the overall calming effect that muscle relaxants bring.

Do not take muscle relaxants if you are engaged in activities that require you to drive, where you need to pay attention to detail, or where you need balance. Your ability to perform certain tasks may be significantly diminished when taking this type of medication.