Analgesic is a broad term used for medication that offers pain relief. These are often called painkillers. An analgesic can be in induced by such medications as codeine and morphine. The sensation of analgesia can relieve pain in the body and allow users to resume their normal daily activities without further issues.
Many of these painkillers can be classed as over the counter drugs and can be purchased by the average person. These include paracetamol and ibuprofen.
What is analgesia?
Analgesics are pain relief drugs that target specific types of pain due to the medication contained inside the tablets. There are different types of analgesics including acetaminophen and a variety of opioid analgesics.
Acetaminophen is available without a prescription and users can purchase it over the counter.
Opioid analgesics are available only via prescription due to having strong ingredients. These can be purchased with a doctor’s prescription.
Anti-inflammatory medication such as Naproxen can be tried or added in with your analgesic medication to provide improved symptomatic pain relief.
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When are analgesics used?
Analgesic medication is often used for pain in musculoskeletal conditions. Pain in joints, muscles and headaches can all be treated by non-opioid drugs. For more severe pain a doctor may prescribe an opioid drug to treat chronic issues and other severe disorders.
Any patient suffering from pain can take an analgesic. Individuals suffering from arthritis or similar conditions can also benefit from taking the medication to relieve swelling and pain in the body.
Some analgesics can be taken when an individual needs them to treat pain and discomfort. However, there are some analgesics that must be taken at specific times to reduce pain. If an individual takes an opioid and stops abruptly, they can experience withdraw symptoms.
What conditions or problems can analgesics help with?
Analgesics like Paracetamol can be taken to reduce fever and eliminate moderate pain in those that take it. Issues that can be treated include muscle pain, toothaches, symptoms from the common cold, and headaches. Individuals experiencing swelling and pain can also take analgesics.
Individuals who take analgesics can experience side effects including drowsiness, upset stomachs, and dry mouth. Users can experience multiple side effects when taking analgesic medications.
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