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Pain Relief

Pain medicines are used in three ways, to reduce pain, to lower a high temperature, and some of them reduce inflammation. There are three main analgesics that you can buy - paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin.

There are three main analgesics that you can buy - paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin. They are available either on their own or combined with codeine (or a similar codeine-like product) to make them a little stronger. There are separate formulations for children.

Paracetamol is normally the first choice for high temperature and fever, and is the most popular. There are several popular brands available, as round tablets, capsule-shaped tablets, capsules, soluble tablets, and liquids for children. They all work the same way, but many people have their own particular favourite.

Paracetamol is kind to the stomach, and does not cause indigestion or stomach irritation. It can be taken on an empty stomach, and so you do not need to time the doses with meals or food.

Paracetamol is dangerous if you overdose. Read the label, and use the recommended dose

Aspirin has been used for far longer than paracetamol, and is just as good for high temperature and fever. There are popular brands available in tablet and soluble forms.

Aspirin should not be given to children. It has been linked with causing a rare childhood disorder, and should not be given to children under 16 years old.

Aspirin can irritate the stomach, and so should always be taken after food, or a meal. If you are not eating, then try to take it with something, even a milky drink is better than nothing.

Aspirin can cause problems with some medical conditions, and can be a problem taking it with some medicines on prescription. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Ibuprofen is the latest medicine for high temperature and fever to be available, and is just as good as paracetamol ands aspirin. It is more like aspirin than paracetamol.

Ibuprofen can irritate the stomach, and should always be taken after food, or a meal. If you are not eating, then try to take it with something, even a milky drink is better than nothing.

Ibuprofen can be given to children over one year old according to the directions.

Ibuprofen can cause problems with some medical conditions, and can be a problem taking it with some medicines on prescription. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.

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