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Can I take other medicines alongside painkillers?

Can I take other medicines alongside painkillers?

Many people with arthritis and other long-term pain conditions will need to take additional medicines. It's usually fine to take a combination of painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). And depending on the condition you have, you may need other drug treatments as well. For example:

  • For inflammatory types of arthritis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis) you might also need disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate. As the name suggests, these alter the way the condition develops rather than just relieving the symptoms. DMARDs won’t have an immediate effect on your pain, but once they do start to take effect you may be able to reduce your pain relief medications.
  • If you have a long-term pain condition such as fibromyalgia or pain resulting from nerve damage then the painkillers described here may be less helpful and your doctor may suggest a low dose of an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (at low doses, this has pain-relieving rather than antidepressant effects) or an anticonvulsant such as gabapentin. Although these are not classified as painkillers they can be helpful for some types of pain.

If you're taking medications for other conditions besides your arthritis you should speak to your doctor or a pharmacist about possible drug interactions.

Can I have vaccinations if I'm taking painkillers?

There's no particular reason to avoid vaccinations if you're taking painkillers.


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