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How do they work?
Co-codamol (BAN) is a non-proprietary name used to denote a compound analgesic, a combination of codeine phosphate and paracetamol (acetaminophen).
Voltarol Emulgel contains Diclofenac: Diclofenac is one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics (NSAIDs) which reduce pain and inflammation.
Diclofenac works by blocking the action of a substance in the body called cyclo-oxygenase (COX). Cyclo-oxygenase is involved in the production of various chemicals in the body, some of which are known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are produced by the body in response to injury and certain diseases and conditions, and cause pain, swelling and inflammation. Diclofenac blocks the production of these prostaglandins and is therefore effective at reducing inflammation and pain.
However, I wonder if conditions that result in chronic pain, being masked by whatever is taken to address that, always has a cause that the body has no ability to heal, and therefore by addressing the pain, the underlying condition progresses because of activities continuing to be undertaken that one would not undertake if in pain, therefore one actually makes some conditions worse and prevent the body's ability to heal itself?