When a pain signal gets to the brain, it lets your brain know there’s a big problem so we can respond.
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In short, pain medicine is able to block the processes that cause the feeling of pain. To understand why, you need to know a bit about how pain works.
Horses for courses?
They're often no more effective than placebo, but that shouldn't necessarily stop us using them.
Common over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen offer little proven relief for back pain.
Although common, back pain has many causes, and a quick drug fix is not the answer. But there are things you can do to get back on track.
All the guidelines recommend paracetamol for pain relief despite the lack of evidence for the drug's effectiveness.
The use of paracetamol in pregnancy is low risk.
Some of the headlines are alarming but pregnant women and their doctors should not change their current use of paracetamol on the basis of this paper.
Paracetamol has been found to be no more effective than a placebo for low back pain and arthritis.
Paracetamol is one of the most widely used medicines in Australia and around the world with millions of doses administered worldwide each day.
Happy pictures make people believe drugs are safer and more effective.
Some advertising content bypasses regulations to promote unrealistic beliefs about drugs.
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Codeine-containing painkillers may soon no longer be available over the counter in Australian pharmacies.
Australia's drug regulator is looking into reclassifying codeine-based drugs as prescription-only. This is a good idea because the easy availability of these pinkillers is causing substantial harm.
Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the world.
People seeing a doctor for low back pain are often told to take paracetamol. But a study published today shows the drug is ineffective for the condition and its prolonged use has harmful side effects.
Up to 90% of the population will experience lower back pain over their life time; around 25% will have it on any given day.
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Life-threatening liver damage can occur without the intention of self harm in desperate patients trying to get some relief for pain.
Medicines need not only to be effective but also safe. Now a Scottish study has shown that paracetamol, perhaps the most commonly consumed painkiller in the country, could lead to death if taken in large…