Analgesia (Pain Relief)

There is a high cost for Analgesics, the name for the group of medicines used to treat pain (including paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and co-codamol), when prescribed.

Over-the counter alternatives are often available for just a few pence, saving you the cost of paying for a GP to prescribe them.

There are different types of pain and different ways to treat it.

  • Acute pain is Short-term, lasting less than twelve weeks. It is a pain described as intense, sharp, burning or shooting, e.g. a sprained ankle.
  • Chronic pain is long-term pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. It is described as dull, constant or aching, e.g. back pain or arthritis.
  • Recurrent pain, pain that comes and goes.

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