metta8 saidibuprofen works better for any kind of pain caused from inflammation, including back pain.
That's true. I have a problem with chronically recurring iritis and if I am having a particularly difficult attack, the doctor recommends supplementing the steroid eye drops with ibuprofen, not acetaminophen; acetaminophen is generic for Tylenol.
In any case, it is cheaper to get the generic equivalent than the brand name.
Often stretching exercises are more effective for back pain than medications. By experimenting with stretching exercises, I was able to get rid of the pain, usually 100%, and use no more medication. I'm not saying that that would work for everyone. Before I found what worked for me, the orthopedist actually had me fitted for a corset! I've never used it.
It is often just assumed that back pain is the result of having weak abdominal muscles, but that is not always the case. The exercises recommended by physical therapists do not always work. By experimenting, I found what did work for me and it is highly effective.