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Arthritis Today

Analgesics Overview

Drugs in this category relieve arthritis pain.

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Analgesics are drugs that can relieve pain, but not inflammation, in people with arthritis and other chronic conditions. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is available without a prescription. Opioid analgesics are available only with a prescription. Though opioids are often very effective against pain, they also carry a greater risk of side effects, such as dizziness or drowsiness, than acetaminophen. Some products combine acetaminophen with an opioid analgesic for added relief. Certain analgesics are taken as needed, and others must be taken at regular intervals to control pain.

To learn more, see the Analgesics Drug Guide.

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