Exploring Pain Relief Options Following a Car Accident

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Advanced Spine discusses pain relief after a traumatic automobile accident in Arizona.

After being involved in a car accident, there are many different types of medication that might be prescribed to you to help address the pain. Before using any of these medications, it is helpful to have a better idea of the cons and possible side effects associated with the drugs.


Used to reduce myofascial pain, muscle spasms and seizures, benzodiazepines can cause psychological and physical dependency. Side effects include:

  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Withdrawal symptoms begin 12 to 48 hours after the last dosage. Brand names include Xanax, Halcion, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin.

Muscle Relaxants

Used to reduce muscle spasms, inflammation and tension headaches, muscle relaxants can cause the following side effects:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Paraesthesia
  • Weaknesses

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To reduce withdrawal symptoms, these medications should be tapered down gradually. Brand names include Chlorzoxazone, Flexeril, Delaxin, Carisoprodol and Skelaxin.

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat inflammation, pain and arthritis. Side effects include:

  • Anxiety
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Vertigo

Overdosing can also lead to gastrointestinal complications. NSAIDs should not be taken while pregnant. Brand names include Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, Indocid and Voltaren.

Narcotic Analgesics

Narcotic Analgesics are used to decrease traumatic induced and myofascial pain. Side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory Complications
  • Sedation
  • Vomiting

These medications can be very addictive. Caution should be used when using with alcohol, muscle relaxants and antidepressants. Brand names include Demero, Oxycontin, Codeine Contin, Supeudol, Percodan and Percocet.

Advanced Spine and Rehab can discuss all the possible pain relief options for you after a car accident in the Phoenix and Mesa Arizona area.

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