Pain Relief

There are a number of medicines available to help alleviate pain. These vary in strength and it is always important to speak with your doctor to ensure that you’re using the right treatment.

Mild pain
Milder conditions, such as headaches, sore throats or toothache, can often be treated with non-prescription medicines such as paracetamol, or a low-strength anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen.

Mild – Moderate pain
For patients suffering pain from arthritis, migraines, injuries or post-operative discomfort, a doctor may prescribe stronger treatment to manage the pain these conditions cause. These range from: high-strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), such as Celebrex or Diclofenac; triptamine-based drugs such as Relpax; or a Co-Codamol such as Kapake or Solpadol.

Moderate – Severe pain
Severe pain medications are often used to treat more serious conditions involving chronic pain, such as motor neurone disease or rheumatoid arthritis. These include: high strength ibuprofen. The following medication has been reclassified for UK residents (controlled drug) and is no longer available, Tramadol medications such as Zydol, Zamadol or Mabron; or combination treatments such as Tramacet.


Tramadol hydrochloride is a high-strength pain reliever, which can also be taken in extended-release form to provide 24-hour relief from moderate to severe pain. It is effective in combatting widespread pain and weakness caused by chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and motor neurone disease.

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Tramadol Drops

Tramadol Drops are a high-strength pain reliever, containing the agent tramadol hydrochloride. Tramadol Drops are indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe pain in children, or in adult cases where oral consumption may not be feasible.

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Codeine – only available as combination Paracetamol / Codein

Codeine phosphate (more commonly referred to as codeine) is an effective pain relief medication, widely used to treat cases of moderate to severe pain.

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Co-Codamol (paracetamol / codein)

Co-codamol is a pain medication designed for use in cases where relief is required from mild to moderate pain, often associated with headaches, toothache or back problems.

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Celebrex is a highly effective pain reliever effective designed to soothe symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

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Kapake is a brand of Co-codamol, a combination medication which contains pain-killing agents codeine and paracetamol.

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Solpadol is a strong pain relief medication designed for use in cases of mild to moderate pain. Solpadol is a brand of Co-codamol, which is a combination medication containing both codeine and paracetamol.

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Relpax is a pain relief medication particularly effective in treating migraines. It works by narrowing inflamed blood vessels around the brain, and is designed to be taken while a migraine is in progress.

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Voltarol is a brand of Diclofenac, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and is effective in soothing joint pain commonly associated with arthritis, back pain, strains and sprains.

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Co-Dydramol is an effective pain relief medication, indicated for use in cases of moderate pain. It is a compound analgesic, containing a combination of two pain killing agents: dihydrocodeine tartrate and paracetamol.

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