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Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medication

If you have been brought to this page via a link in the conditions section, it is because anti-inflammatory or pain relieving medication may be helpful for the condition you were looking at. Please make sure your condition has been properly diagnosed before treating yourself at home.

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Many people find benefits from taking medication to help manage pain and inflammation, however there are risks with taking these. There is also a growing focus within the medical condition regarding the role of inflammation as an important and natural part of the healing process with more thought being placed on the impact of dampening inflammation with medication when actually it is an important part of healing. This is why it is always a good idea to get any pains, problems or injuries checked out so that you can be sure that it is ok and appropriate to use these medications.

Ibuprofen is the most commonly available non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that may help with pain and inflammation and is available over the counter.

Paracetamol is a “pain killing” drug which can also help with mild fevers. It can be taken alongside ibuprofen but on its own it does not have a significant anti-inflammatory effect.

  • Both can be purchased from many shops or pharmacies.
  • Both of these should only be considered as a short term option unless advised differently by an appropriate health professional. You may need to take ibuprofen for a longer period of time than just a couple of days for it to have a meaningful effect, however you should not exceed the recommended doses or period of time you take it for.
  • They can come in various forms and may be branded under different names, some with other products added to them such as caffeine. All ingredients should be displayed on the packaging or paperwork in the box.
  • It is very important that you do not take these medications if you have an allergy to them or develop any side effects after taking them. If this is the case, you should consult your GP, or if severe, seek emergency medical care or call 999.
  • Side effects can be varied and numerous, so read the packaging carefully.
  • Do not take medication if the packaging has been tampered with.
  • You must read the information on the packaging and on the leaflet that should be with the medication prior to taking them.
  • Check dates of any old medication to make sure they are in date.
  • Do not exceed the dosages or take tablets for more than the time periods advised and check the dosages in relation to the age and/or weight of the person taking them too.
  • If you are unsure, then buy from a pharmacy and speak with the pharmacist for advice first, or alternatively speak with your GP, or consult with a Podiatrist if it is a for a podiatric problem.
  • If you are trying to reduce inflammation with medication, it may help to also rest and try to avoid activities that aggravate the problem, creating more pain and inflammation. Ice therapy may also be useful in conjunction.
  • Pain relieving medication is not something you should take just so that you can carry on with harmful or damaging activities.
  • Some stronger versions may require a prescription for you to obtain them.
  • If the skin is broken or you may have a more serious injury, fracture, dislocation, rupture or tear of soft tissues, then seek more emergency medical advice from an appropriate health professional or Accident and Emergency / Minor Injuries Unit, or call NHS 111 to find out what you should do.

The information on this site is general information only and as such is not personal to you or your specific problem. If you want to find a podiatrist, click here to get personal advice and treatment.

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Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medication