pain medicines for nerve pain
pain medicines for nerve pain.What types of best natural pain killers are there?
Most pain-relieving medications fall into one of the following groups:
Non-opioid painkillers – this includes paracetamol. Some of these are available over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets. Other types need a prescription.
Anti-inflammatory drugs – such as ibuprofen or naproxen. These are also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Some of these can be bought over the counter, and some need a prescription.
Compound painkillers – this is when two different drugs are combined into one. This could be a painkiller with an NSAID, or an opioid painkiller with a non-opioid painkiller. An example is co-codamol, which combines paracetamol with codeine.
Opioid painkillers – such as codeine, tramadol and morphine. These are only available on prescription.
What are analgesics?
Analgesics (an-al-gee-sics) is the medical name for painkillers and they mean the same thing. We’ll use the term painkillers here.
You will probably be recommended non-opioid painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs first. It may be recommended that you take them at the same time. If these don’t work, or you need stronger pain medication, then you may be offered compound painkillers or opioid (oh-pee-oyd) painkillers.
You may need other drugs alongside the ones described in this leaflet. For more information, see the section ‘Can I take other medicines alongside painkillers or NSAIDs?’.
What are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?
NSAIDs are used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
They’re often used to relieve symptoms of arthritis and other conditions that cause long-term pain.