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Paracetamol No Better than Placebo for Low Back Pain, Study Finds

(Reuters) - Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published on Thursday.

A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that the popular pain medicine was no better than placebo, or dummy pills, for hastening recovery from acute bouts of low back pain or easing pain levels, function, sleep or quality of life.

Researchers said the findings challenge the universal endorsement of paracetamol as the first choice painkiller for lower back pain.

"We need to reconsider the universal recommendation to provide paracetamol as a first-line treatment," said Christopher Williams, who led the study at the University of Sydney inAustralia.

Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States alone, costs relating to the condition are estimated to be more than $100 billion a year.

Currently, every back pain treatment guideline in the world recommends paracetamol as the first-line analgesic and Williams said this was despite the fact that no previous studies have provided robust evidence that it works in this condition.

In his trial, 1,652 people from Sydney with acute low back pain were randomly assigned to receive up to four weeks of paracetamol, either in regular doses three times a day, or as needed, or to receive placebos. All those involved received advice and reassurance and were followed up for three months.

The results showed no difference in the number of days to recovery between the treatment groups - with the average time to recovery coming out at 17 days for each of the groups given paracetamol, and at 16 days for the placebo group.

Paracetamol had no effect on short-term pain levels, disability, function, sleep quality, or quality of life, the researchers said, and the number of patients reporting negative side effects was similar in all groups.

Christine Lin, an associate professor at the George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney who also worked on the study, said the reasons for paracetamol failing to work for lower back pain were not well understood.

"While we have shown that paracetamol does not speed recovery from acute back pain, there is evidence that paracetamol works to relieve pain for a range of other conditions, such as headaches, some acute musculoskeletal conditions, tooth ache and for pain straight after surgery," she said in a statement about the findings.

"What this study indicates is that the mechanisms of back pain are likely to be different from other pain conditions, and this is an area that we need to study more."

Experts who were not directly involved praised the study but cautioned that guidelines should nevertheless not be changed on the basis of a single piece of research.

"More robust and consistent evidence, including verification of the results in other populations, is needed," Bart Koes and Wendy Enthoven from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands wrote in a Lancet commentary.

They also called for more studies on whether other simple analgesics could add extra benefits on top of giving advice and reassurance to patients.

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Increased Circulation

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Enhanced Muscle Function

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CHRIS UHLMANN: The most common pain reliever for back pain, paracetamol, doesn't work any better than a placebo. The shocking conclusion that the beneficial effects of such a widely-used drug might be all in the mind are drawn by a paper published this morning in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. Dr Norman Swan of Radio National's Health Report picked himself up off the floor to get to the story. NORMAN SWAN: Eighty per cent of us will experience a bad back at some point in our lives and guidelines for doctors around the world advise GPs to tell patients not to lie down to their pain and to take paracetamol to relieve it, but when researchers from George Institute for Global Health in Sydney looked for good scientific evidence that paracetamol worked, they were troubled to find out there was none. So they carried out a large three-pronged trial and 1,600 patients with acute new onset back pain. They all got the don't lie down to it advice, but in terms of pain relief, one group received a placebo, another was told to take paracetamol as needed and a third received regular extended release paracetamol three times a day. Professor Chris Maher was the study leader. CHRIS MAHER: Surprisingly found that it didn't really matter whether you gave people placebo as required, paracetamol or time contingent , that is regular paracetamol, there was no difference in any of the outcomes. It didn't speed time to recovery; it didn't improve their pain; it didn't improve their disability. NORMAN SWAN: Simply extraordinary! CHRIS MAHER: Yeah, we were very surprised because by hypothesis was that there would be a difference between the people getting the regular paracetamol and placebo and I was expecting that, if you took paracetamol as required, so occasionally taking a tablet it wouldn't work at all. NORMAN SWAN: Does paracetamol work for anything? Is it a painkiller? CHRIS MAHER: The jury's out on that particular issue, so there is some evidence that it works for things such as dental procedures; it might work for fever, post-operative pain. We've looked at some of the trials for paracetamol for osteoarthritis, which is another common indication, and surprisingly when you go and have a very good look at them, we see the effects of paracetamol for osteoarthritis are very small. NORMAN SWAN: Where does its reputation for a painkiller come from? CHRIS MAHER: Well, I'm not sure the reputation is uniform. Some patients say that paracetamol doesn't touch their pain and some clinicians also say that paracetamol is not effective and we thought that the reason was because they were dosing in an inappropriate fashion. We presume that they were taking it as required and that was … NORMAN SWAN: So they were faffing around it and not getting a sufficient dose? CHRIS MAHER: Well, the common story you get as a clinician is a patient will come in and say they took two or three, made no difference so they stopped. And when you talk to people who are pharmacists, pharmacologists they'd say that's the wrong way to dose paracetamol and that was our theory. If you encourage them to dose regularly, you'd see a much better result, and we didn't see that. In fact, there's no difference between any of the three groups. NORMAN SWAN: So what about the more toxic forms of painkillers: the non-steroidals, the ibuprofens that can cause stomach ulcers and other problems with your blood pressure and so on. Is there any evidence that they're actually pain killers? CHRIS MAHER: These are very commonly prescribed medicines for back pain. If you go and look at the evidence, it's really quite weak. The evidence is certainly not robust for the common pain medicines that people are using for back pain. NORMAN SWAN: So where do you go from here when I next pull my back? CHRIS MAHER: Well, I think that the strong messages you can take from our trial is that people in the three groups all recovered remarkably quickly. Half the people had recovered by two weeks. And so what we're thinking is that the interactions between the GP and the patient, the GP carefully guiding the person to resume normal activity; don't put themselves to bed - maybe that's the most important part of the therapy. CHRIS UHLMANN: Professor Chris Maher from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney and he was talking to Norman Swan. And you can hear more on Monday's Health Report on Radio National.

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