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This is an important area as most people living with persistent pain will either use or have used medication to try and ease their symptoms. There are a number of groups of medicines to treat pain:

Simple analgesics                  e.g. Paracetamol

Anti-inflammatory Drugs         e.g. Ibuprofen or Diclofenac

Opioids                                e.g. Codiene or Morphine

Anti-epileptic drugs                e.g. Gabapentin or Pregabalin

Antidepressant drugs              e.g. Amitriptyline or Duloxetine

Others (common ones)           e.g. Tramadol

Others (uncommon ones)        e.g. Ketamine, Diazepam


In general, no more than one medicine from each group would be used at the same time. In some situations like nerve related pain, the clinician prescribing may choose to add another medicine from the same group to try and get better pain control.


Medicines Used for Pain