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Only around 10% of the codeine dose will give you analgesia, but 100% of it will give you side effects. Only around 10% of the codeine dose will give you analgesia, but 100% of it will give you side effects. Andrzej Wilusz

Health Check: how do you choose strong painkillers?

Commonly used over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen will usually be strong enough to alleviate common aches and pains. But if you’re suffering from acute pain from dental…
Choose your over-the-counter painkiller based on the side effects you want to avoid. Choose your over-the-counter painkiller based on the side effects you want to avoid. Image from shutterstock.com

Health Check: how do you choose over-the-counter painkillers?

If you’re anything like me, your medicine cupboard is chockers with various non-prescription pain remedies: liquids, pills, capsules, children’s painkillers, formulations that are “gentle on the stomach…
There are some effective ways to balance the harms of opioids with its benefits. There are some effective ways to balance the harms of opioids with its benefits. strollerdos/Flickr

Some ways to balance the benefits and harms of opioids

The use of opioid medication in Australia has grown considerably in the past 20 years, and so have related harms. This increase in use is primarily for chronic pain conditions, now the most common reason…
The dizzying range of “targeted” pain-relief options in pharmacies can make your head hurt. The dizzying range of “targeted” pain-relief options in pharmacies can make your head hurt.

Targeted pain relief or targeted marketing? The truth hurts

A visit to the pharmacy for pain relief can be complicated. As consumers, we are faced with a bewildering choice of pain relief options. But why? Within the Nurofen range we have Nurofen for back pain…
Any restriction on buying painkillers needs to be consistent with national privacy protection. Any restriction on buying painkillers needs to be consistent with national privacy protection. Nils Geylen

For your own good? Privacy law and enthusiastic pharmacists

Earlier this week the ABC reported that a handful of pharmacists in Tasmania had engaged in community policing. They’re tracking the purchase of codeine-based painkillers, sharing information with their…
Voltaren is commonly used by arthritis sufferers for pain relief but it’s been found to harm heart health. Voltaren is commonly used by arthritis sufferers for pain relief but it’s been found to harm heart health. e b e cd z/Flickr

Over-the-counter painkiller may increase risk of heart attacks

Causing constant pain from inflammation of the joints, arthritis is common and debilitating, especially in older people. Adding to the woes of arthritis sufferers, a recent study has highlighted that commonly…
Life-threatening liver damage can occur without the intention of self harm in desperate patients trying to get some relief for pain. Life-threatening liver damage can occur without the intention of self harm in desperate patients trying to get some relief for pain. Melissa Baldwin

No cure for pain: study links excess paracetamol use to fatal liver damage

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…

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