Simple non-opioid analgesics

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What are simple non-opioid analgesics?

Simple non-opioid analgesics are the most common form of analgesic, and the most common drug in this group is paracetamol.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are sometimes included in this class of drugs.

What are they used for?

You can use them for mild to moderate pain, for example headaches, injuries and osteoarthritis, or as an addition to stronger painkillers. You shouldn’t use them at high doses for long-term pain.

Where do I get them from?

You can buy them over the counter at supermarkets and chemists, although you can only get some NSAIDs on prescription from your doctor. Paracetamol and some NSAIDs are available as tablets, liquids, creams and gels, and suppositories.

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