The RCGP - Clinical and Special Projects, Clinical Guidelines, Acute Low Back Pain. Contents, Index page


Chapter 2

Evidence Review

Drug Therapy

Paracetamol, paracetamol-weak opioid compounds, NSAIDs

Muscle relaxants

Strong opioids

Antidepressant Medications

Bed Rest

Advice on Staying Active



Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressant medications have been widely used for the treatment of chronic low back pain, though there is little scientific evidence on their effectiveness. There is no evidence available on the use of antidepressants in acute low back pain. (C)


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