Pain relief Oxycontin 40mg medications are only one part of controlling pain. The role of medication depends on the type of pain you have.

If you have short term pain (pain that lasts for 3 months or less), you can buy many medications over the counter without a prescription.

If the pain lasts for more than 3 months, it is called chronic pain. Often chronic pain isn’t caused by an injury and has other causes. Pain medications may not continue to work for chronic pain and it can be dangerous to use these medications long term. There are many things you can do other than medicine to try to control chronic pain.

All painkillers have potential side effects, so you need to weigh up the advantages of taking them against the disadvantages. It’s important to review your medications regularly to make sure they are still helping you to function and improving your quality of life.

There are different types of pain medication.

  • over-the-counter medication (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), paracetamol, codeine)
  • opioids (codeine, morphine, tramadol)
  • anti-epileptic medication (pregabalin, gaberpentin, carbamazepine)
  • anti-depressants (amitriptyline, duloxetine)

Over-the-counter medication

Over-the-counter medication is used for mild to moderate, short term pain. Pain medications that can be bought without prescription include paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin.

Just because they are available over-the-counter does not mean that they are completely free of side effects and you should always check with your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure whether these medications are safe for you or not.

If you have allergies, chronic illness or are on any other medicines always check first before taking these medicines. The pharmacist can help in giving medication advice in these cases. Always if your pain persists or you are concerned see your doctor

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