Medicines for low back pain

Paracetamol

In most cases, regularly-taken paracetamol should be the first choice of pain reliever to control your pain as it has fewer side effects than other pain relievers.

Paracetamol is the active ingredient in brand names such as Panadol or Herron Paracetamol.

These pain medications are available over the counter (without a prescription) in pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores.

Pain relievers are available in a number of different formulations and strengths. Always read and follow the directions on the package. Make sure you are aware of how often you should take the medication and the recommended dose.

Taking more than the recommended dose will not give you greater pain relief and may cause serious health problems.

If you have liver or kidney problems, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking paracetamol.

Other pain relief medicines

If you are unable to take paracetamol or if it is not providing enough pain relief, there are alternative pain relievers that may be suitable. Discuss pain relief options with your pharmacist or doctor.

If pain relief medicine is recommended for you: more is not better, always use the recommended dose.