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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. 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. Opioid use for chronic (non-cancer) pain is controversial. Although opioids can be very effective against pain, they also carry a greater risk of side effects (such as dizziness and drowsiness) as well as a higher risk of dependence and accidental overdose than other pain medications.

To learn more, see the Analgesics Drug Guide.

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