Pain Relief

What is the best way to relieve pain?

Different pain relief medications have different effects. Understanding the causes of pain can help you select the best pain relief.


Paracetamol has a mild anti-inflammatory effect and can be use to relieve pain from swelling and inflammation. This includes arthritis pain, backache, or injuries like a sprain.

Paracetamol is also effective in reducing fevers, and it’s often prescribe to treat illnesses such as the flu.

Adults should take between 1 and 2 500-mg tablets every 4 to 6 hours. They can take up to eight 500-mg pills within 24 hours.

Paracetamol can be use by adults, children older than 2 months, and pregnant women.


Ibuprofen, also known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), alters the way your body responds to swelling.

It is use to treat muscle, bone, and joint injuries, such as sprains and broken bones.

Ibuprofen is also effective for treating cold and flu symptoms, headaches, and period pain.

Dosage: For adults, the usual dose is between one and two 200-mg tablets thrice daily with a 6-hour interval in between.

A doctor can prescribe a dose up to 600mg, taken four times per day.

Ibuprofen comes in gel, spray, and mousse forms. Always check the label to see what amount you are taking.

Adults and children over three months of age (weighing 5 kg or more) Ibuprofen should not take by pregnant women.


Naproxen, an NSAID, reduces the inflammation hormones in the body.

It is similar to ibuprofen in that it reduces inflammation-based pain. Included are arthritis, gout, and back pain. It can help reduce swelling following surgery.

Naproxen is more effective than ibuprofen for chronic pain, as you do not need to take the same number of tablets. It is for this reason that naproxen is best use to treat chronic pain.

Period pain can be treat with naproxen. It is important to remember that It is only available over-the-counter for period pain.

Dose: For period pain, the recommended dose is 500mg at first, followed by 250mg every 6 to 8 hours.

Women older than 15 years old can purchase naproxen at a pharmacy for period pain relief. Adults and children can take naproxen for musculoskeletal issues.


Aspirin is another NSAID that can be prescribe in low doses to high-risk patients as a pain reliever. This helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.

Aspirin can be use to treat headaches and toothaches, as well as period pain.It can be use for cold and flu-like symptoms.

Aspirin can purchased over-the-counter as tablets, gels, or suppositories.

Adults older than 16 can take aspirin. Pregnant women should not take it, except in rare circumstances. Children under 16 should not take aspirin for pain or fever. Reye’s syndrome is a serious side effect that can occur.


Co-codamol is a combination of paracetamol (painkiller) and codeine.

Codeine is an opiate. Opiates depress the central nervous system and alter the way that the body reacts to pain. Codeine is highly addictive. When taken in large doses, it can be harmful. Doctors must prescribe codeine and closely monitor its use.

Co-codamol is much weaker than codeine but more potent than paracetamol and ibuprofen. The effects should last for up to three full days.

Co-codamol is the best medication for pain relief from migraines, muscle pain, and surgery.

Dosage: Adults can take up to 2 tablets of 500mg paracetamol and 8mg codeine.

Co-codamol is not recommend for pregnant women. Adults over 16 can use it. In some cases, children over 12 years old may be prescribe co-codamol. This should done only under the supervision of a physician.

What is the most powerful pain reliever available?

Co-codamol is the most powerful painkiller available in the UK for moderate to severe discomfort.

Co-codamol, in its lowest dosage (8 mg), is available over the counter.

This article is not intende to replace medical advice. Consult your doctor before trying any treatments or supplements. Food supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle.

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain? The words are sometimes use interchangeably, but there is a difference.

Soft tissue injuries are both sprains and strains, but they affect different tissues.

What exactly is a sprain?

  • When a ligament is stretche or torn, it causes a sprain. Ligaments are tough tissues that attach your bones.

What is a muscle strain?

  • A strain is a tear in a muscle or tendon. A tendon connects the muscles to the bone.