Oral Steroid Medications for Chronic Pain Treatment

Source: Spine Health

What are Oral Steroids?

Oral steroids are prescribed for inflammation and pain, especially when both are focused in the lower back.

How Long Should I Take Oral Steroids?

Oral steroids should only be taken under a doctor’s orders and within a one-to-two week time frame.

How Do I Take Oral Steroids?

You may receive a specialized dose pack that provides an immediate higher dose so you feel immediately relief from the pain. Over the course of the pack, the dosage becomes lower.

Are There Side Effects with Oral Steroids?

In general, when taken as directed, very few side effects may occur with oral steroids. When oral steroids are abused or taken over a long period of time, this may result in the following:

  • Excess body fat
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Osteoporosis

What are Neuroleptic Drugs?

Typically prescribed for seizures, neuroleptic drugs have been shown to be helpful at alleviating pain that is focused in the nerves such as neuropathy.

How Long Should I Take Neuroleptic Drugs?

It may vary depending on your condition. Your doctor will provide an exact timeline; however, these drugs can be safely taken over a long period of time, unlike oral steroids.

How Do I Take Neuroleptic Drugs?

Again, this will vary but in general, prescriptions can be taken up to three times per day at 300 to 400 mg per dose.

Are There Side Effects with Neuroleptic Drugs?

Side effects are rare but may include nausea, fatigue, or dizziness.