Medications used to control mild pain include paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are excellent at relieving bone and muscle pain, or pain in the skin or the lining of the mouth, and some other types of pain. They can be used with other pain medications for moderate to severe pain.
- You should not take more than 4 g of paracetamol a day unless your doctor says it’s okay.
- The limit for children depends on their age and weight.
- Some combination pain relievers, such as Panadeine ® Forte, contain paracetamol and count towards your total intake.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac, vary in dose, frequency of dose and side effects.
- They can cause indigestion or stomach ulcers in some people.
- They can also increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach or intestines.
- Talk to your doctor or nurse before taking NSAIDs and if you get any side effects.
- If side effects become a problem, you will probably be given other medication such as celecoxib (another type of NSAID) or paracetamol.