Analgesics – also called painkillers or pain relievers - are medicines that are used to relieve pain. The most common over-the-counter pain relievers include paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin.
We all suffer from pain at some point. Whether it’s a nagging headache, back pain, toothache, osteoarthritis, a sprain or strain, or general body aches, there are times when a little pain relief will go a long way to making you feel better.
There are two main types of analgesics: anti-inflammatory analgesics and opioids. Opioids are generally used for more serious pain relief (like the kind needed after a surgery), while anti-inflammatory analgesics are available over-the-counter without a prescription and are suitable for less serious pain.
Three of the most common pain-relieving medicines are paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen. Paracetamol is a basic pain reliever that can be used by almost everyone for everything from period pain and headaches, to toothache. Paracetamol is also effective in bringing down a fever. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug that also relieves pain and treats fever. It’s ideal for rheumatic and muscular pain and backache along with many other aches and pains. It can also be used to relieve cold and flu-like symptoms. Aspirin is also anti-inflammatory and relieves pain, but it should not be used by children.
If you’re suffering from muscular pain, a pain-relieving gel or rub can be used topically.
Where to buy analgesics?
Whether you need over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication or an ointment to relieve pain, you’ll find all this and more in Dis-Chem’s analgesics section. You can find ointments, tablets and powders that can help relieve pain in a variety of places in the body. You don’t need a script or to see your GP – we offer a range of medicines over-the-counter. Shop online or in-store now for the over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers you need at Dis-Chem today.
How much do analgesics cost?
Visit Dis-Chem’s online store to compare the costs of our pain-relieving tablets and medicines. Stock up your medicine cabinet at home with a few basic pain relievers so you’ll have one on hand when you next suffer from a headache, back pain or toothache. Buy online or visit a Dis-Chem store.