Pain

Pain is a major symptom in many medical conditions and can significantly interfere with your quality of life and ability to function normally.

Pain is complex and often difficult to define. It has both physical and psychological elements.

It is often described according to where it occurs in the body, such as a headache or back pain. It can also be more widespread, for example arthritis pain or the general aches and pains associated with colds and flu.

While it might not make you feel any better — you are not alone: one in ten people in Australia are experiencing acute pain at any time, and one in five Australians report having chronic pain.

Find out more about pain, pain medicines and other ways to manage your pain.

You can also see our knowledge hubs on headache and low back pain.

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02 Mar 2015 To ease your child through the teething process, give them something to bite on – such as a cold (but not frozen) teething ring, or a cold washcloth. If the pain seems severe, you may consider giving them a pain relieving medicine.
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10 Feb 2015 Ibuprofen and paracetamol are two of the most commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to treat pain and fever in children. However, ibuprofen and paracetamol differ in how they work, how fast they work, and how long they last in the body; as well as who they can be given to, and their risk of side effects and interactions with other medicines.
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09 Feb 2015 Find out about Panadol Night Caplets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
09 Feb 2015 Infants and children are at higher risk of accidental exposure to fentanyl, a highly potent opioid used to treat pain. Fentanyl patches are particularly dangerous. Read more.
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05 Aug 2014 Find out about Maxiclear Sinus and Pain Relief Tablets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
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05 Aug 2014 Find out about Maxiclear Cold and Flu Relief Tablets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
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05 Aug 2014 Find out about Logicin Flu Strength Day and Night Tablets. Plus information and tips on how to use medicines wisely and safely.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Aug 2014 Tapentadol SR is a centrally acting opioid analgesic used for treating chronic, severe disabling pain not responding to non-opioid analgesics.
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Aug 2014 Tapentadol SR is a centrally acting opioid analgesic used for treating chronic, severe disabling pain not responding to non-opioid analgesics.
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23 Jul 2014 This National Pain Week (21 – 27 July 2014), NPS MedicineWise is urging people living with pain to know how to use pain relieving medicines safely, and to have a conversation with their health professional about both the type and dose of pain relief medicine that are right for them.