Pain relief medication should be a staple in everyone’s household – there’s no telling when an injury or general pain may occur, regardless of severity. Pain medications can effectively manage common pain and discomfort such as headaches, migraines, period pain, back pain, dental pain, cuts and scrapes and many more unpleasant circumstances.
For consumers, the two most readily available and common pain relief medications available at pharmacies are paracetamol and ibuprofen. Paracetamol is most commonly present in medications like Panadol and Panadeine, while ibuprofen is found in Nurofen and Nurofen Plus. Different dosages allow for both children and adults to effectively manage this pain, so that even your little ones can safely.
Because ibuprofen and paracetamol have different effects on the body, an understanding of how these medications work is important. Ibuprofen is the active compound in Nurofen and Nurofen Plus tablets (with the strong pain killer codeine phosphate also being active in Nurofen Plus). Ibuprofen is classified as a “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug”, or NSAIDS. These NSAIDS are not only effective in relieving pain, but inflammation and fever, something which paracetamol is less effective in doing.
Paracetamol is effective as a means to manage mild to moderate pain and fever. It should be noted that liver toxicity is an issue with too much paracetamol being ingested, so it is important to abide by the instructions found on the packaging.
The pain relief potential in Nurofen Plus or Panadeine are bolstered by the addition of codeine, a weaker opioid. Codeine works in the brain and spinal cord to relieve strong pain, and is ideal in instances of more serious trauma.
If you’re unsure about what pain relief medication is right for you, get in touch with us today. The safe use of this kind of medication is crucial, so our friendly staff are always ready to give you any advice you require. If you have any more questions about the products at Royal Oak Pharmacy, such as our morning after pill, don’t hesitate to contact us.