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Which painkiller should I use?

Mon, 19th May 2014

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Susanne asked:

I was wondering if somebody could please explain the differences between common pain killers such as paracetamol, aspirin and Ibuprofen.

 

They all reduce pain but how do they work and are some drugs going to work better for certain complaints such as joint pain etc.

 

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Suzanne Burnell

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the three drugs you named are not painkillers, they are antiinflammatories! painkillers are the fun ones that get you high. paracetamol and ibuprofen are non-steroidal antiinflammatories and I think aspirin is something different. nsaids, Wed, 1st Oct 2014

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