What types of painkillers are there?
Painkillers are drugs that help to reduce pain. There are many different types of pain-relieving drugs, but when we talk about painkillers we’re normally referring to a group of drugs called analgesics. Read more
You can take paracetamol for mild to moderate pain, headaches and muscular pains, and to reduce a fever. It’s usually the first treatment recommended for osteoarthritis. Read more
Compound analgesics contain two different drugs in one tablet, usually combining paracetamol or aspirin with codeine or dihydrocodeine. They're used for moderate pain. Read more
Opioid analgesics are the strongest types of painkiller. They include codeine, morphine and tramadol and are used for moderate to severe pain. Read more
Can I take other medicines alongside painkillers?
It's usually fine to take other medicines or to have vaccinations while you're taking painkillers, but check with your doctor if you're being treated for other conditions besides arthritis. Read more
Can I drink alcohol if I'm taking painkillers?
It's usually fine to drink alcohol if you're on painkillers though it can sometimes increase the risk of side-effects of your medicines. Read more
Will painkillers affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Painkillers are unlikely to cause any problems with fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding but it's best to discuss all your medications with your doctor if you become pregnant or are planning a family. Read more