Non-prescription drugs recommended in guidelines for common pain conditions

Written by Martina Hagen & John Alchin

This review provides a summary of national and international evidence-based guidelines for common pain conditions to guide primary healthcare practitioners on recommended non-prescription analgesic treatments. Following an analysis of relevant guidelines, the authors conclude the most consistent message for patients is that acetaminophen and NSAIDs are the best analgesic options for the initial, self-treatment of pain. The latest review article published in Pain Management discusses whether there is a consensus between guidelines regarding preliminary steps that patients can take to relieve pain. Abstract: Evidence-based pain guidelines allow recommendation of non-prescription analgesics to patients, facilitating self-care. We researched clinical practice guidelines for...

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