Pain Is No Gain
There isn?t really much truth in the slogan ?No Pain No Gain?. None of us really like to feel pain but all of us experience some kind of pain in our lives. Pain is a signal from our body that something is not right.
Pain can be due to a physical injury, some kind of disease or it can be from emotional upset.
Emotional pain takes time to heal. If you have a long-term disease that gives you pain, your doctor may give your medicines to help deal with the pain so that you can get on with your day to day activities.
Sometimes you will know the cause of your pain, and other times your doctor or pharmacist can help you find the cause.
"Most types of physical pain can be easily treated" say Self Care pharmacists. "We have various kinds of pain relief medicines available in the pharmacy and can help choose what is best for you".
Pain relievers work in different ways in your body. Here are some common types of pain relievers available from your pharmacy:
Paracetamol: - this is usually used for mild or moderate pain and is the most suitable pain reliever for children. It also helps lower the body temperature in fevers. Only the exact dose of paracetamol suggested should be given and doses should not be continued after 24 hours unless advised by your pharmacist or doctor.
Codeine ? this is usually reserved for stronger pain such as dental pain, period pain or migraines. Codeine can be mixed with other pain relief medicines such as paracetamol or aspirin. It can also be used to stop coughing. Using codeine for three days or more can cause constipation in some people.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including aspirin) ? these medicines are used to reduce pain due to inflammation and also to help relieve fever. They are helpful in period pain, muscle aches, dental pain and injuries due to sports. Aspirin should not be given to children under twelve years of age. People who have asthma or allergic conditions or have had a stomach or duodenal ulcer, should check with their doctor or pharmacist before taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women should check with their pharmacist or doctor to see what medicines are safe to take.
When you are using pain relievers it is important to remember to read the instructions carefully on the packet and take only the suggested dose. Taking more than the recommended dose can lead to serious problems.
If you have some questions or need treatments for pain please contact us
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