Forum: Paracetamol, yes or no?

While paracetamol has been the ‘go-to’ medicine for acute and chronic pain conditions for many years, evidence shows the drug “doesn’t work” says Professor Andrew Moore, who is the Director of Pain Research at the University of Oxford.

In a guest blog published on Evidently Cochrane, Professor Moore says evidence for use of paracetamol in acute or chronic pain conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, postoperative pain and migraine is lacklustre.

Does paracetamol still feature in your analgesic armoury?

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  1. beefarmer

    This is why you need codeine.

  2. Drugby

    Nooooo. Evidence for codeine is lacking too, and has well-documented adverse effects plus potential for misuse, overuse and tolerance.
    Best evidence is for a biopsychosocial model.

  3. Chris Dickson

    Agree with Drugby. Exercise is also more effective. Also for overweight people with OA, 5-10% weight loss will lead to pain reductions of up to 50%.

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