Paracetamol and Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Andrew Dickman and Roger Knaggs

in Chronic Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199230280
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607020 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Paracetamol and Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

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• Paracetamol is a useful analgesic for mild to moderate pain • Its widespread availability should not infer ineffectiveness • Paracetamol can be opioid sparing and should be considered the simple analgesic of choice • Each patient should be carefully assessed before a NSAID or COX-2 inhibitor is prescribed • COX-2 inhibitors must not be used in patients with established ischaemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and/or cerebrovascular disease.

Chapter.  2736 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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