Some patients may require a short course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or a weak opioid. Although the guidelines caution against using paracetamol alone for low back pain, they note that sciatica may respond to neuropathic drugs, such as gabapentin and epidural steroids.
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- Bernstein IA, Malik Q, Carville S, et al. Low back pain and sciatica: Summary of NICE guidance. BMJ. 2017 Jan 6;356:i6748. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i6748.