How do I manage acute pain?​

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Medicines for pain relief: what are the options?

There are lots of different kinds of pain, and lots of different medicines for the relief of pain.

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Treating my child’s pain or fever – paracetamol or ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen and paracetamol are two of the most commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to treat pain and fever in children.

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Topical medicines for musculoskeletal pain

Topical pain medicines (analgesics) are used for the temporary relief of muscle or joint pain.

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How do I manage specific pain?​

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Managing period pain

Period pain is one of the most common health issues for women.​

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Headaches and how to treat them

Headaches affect nearly everyone at some point in their life.

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Managing migraine

Migraine is not just another word for ‘bad headache’. They have specific characteristics that distinguish them from tension-type headaches.

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Managing osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis treatment can help you manage pain, prevent or delay complications, prevent disease progression and improve or maintain your function and quality of life.

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Information about specific medicines


Opioid medicines and chronic non-cancer pain

Opioid medicines can be used to reduce some types of pain, such as acute pain and chronic pain caused by cancer.

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Amitriptyline for nerve pain

Most medicines used to treat nerve pain (also called neuropathic pain) were originally developed to treat other conditions.

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Pregabalin for nerve pain

Pregabalin is prescribed for people whose nerve pain has not responded to other medicines.

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