A commonly used painkiller might be too risky for people to keep taking, suggests a new study published this week in the BMJ. It found that people who use diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), are more likely to come down with cardiovascular disease than people who take other NSAIDs or acetaminophen.
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Pain relief isn't just a physical thing; distracting yourself can help you get through a painful experience. We've already seen that kids who watch cartoons don't feel as much pain when they get a shot. It turns out that playing a game works even better than passively watching videos.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings against Nurofen manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser for misleading the public with its "Specific Pain" range of pain-relievers. The colour-coded products were purportedly formulated to treat a specific kind of pain, but were actually identical.
Commonly used over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen will usually be strong enough to alleviate common aches and pains. But if you're suffering from acute pain from dental work, minor surgery or migraine headaches, you may need something stronger. So, how do you choose what's best for you? And what are the side effects?