Opioid pain relievers

Narcotic analgesics

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The Opioid pain relievers subcategory of medicines is also known as narcotic analgesics and opioid analgesics.

Consumers: If you have any questions about medicines, you can speak to one of our pharmacists at NPS Medicines Line by calling 1300 633 424. You can ring Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (excluding NSW public holidays). For non-medicine products, further information may also be available from the manufacturer.

Related information - opioid pain relievers


(Media release)
18 Sep 2015 The regulation of opioids is a public health issue that urgently needs action. Learn more in the latest issue of Australian Prescriber.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
01 Sep 2015 This free online learning module for pharmacists provides expert insights on how to spot the warning signals of potentially harmful medicines use. Start the online course here.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
13 Jul 2015 This free CPD activity helps pharmacists support management of patients with chronic pain, recognising the importance of a biopsychosocial approach.
For health professionals (Tool / resource)
02 Jul 2015 A resource to help facilitate a discussion with patients about the importance of incorporating non-pharmacological strategies into their pain management.
For health professionals (Tool / resource)
01 Jul 2015 A patient information leaflet that can be used by doctors or pharmacists to explain the role of opioid medicines in chronic pain management.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
30 Jun 2015 Be guided through using a multimodal approach when supporting your patients to manage their chronic non-cancer pain. Review a systematic approach for the assessment of pain and function when initiating, continuing or discontinuing opioid therapy.
03 Jun 2015 Opioid contracts (care plans or treatment plans) can help you understand the risks and benefits of opioid pain relievers for chronic pain. Read more.
03 Jun 2015 Opioids are not always effective for chronic pain. There can be side effects and risks with the long-term use of opioid pain relievers. Find out more.
For health professionals (CPD activity)
01 Jun 2015 This Interactive Case Study challenges you to use a biopsychosocial approach to manage a patient with chronic pain. Free CPD activity for GP’s, pharmacists and nurses
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Jun 2015 Chronic pain management needs a multidimensional approach that includes medicines, such as opioid analgesics, as an adjunct to non-pharmacological options.

Active ingredients used in opioid pain relievers