Anal­gesics ver­sus anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries

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AN ANALGESIC is a sim­ple painkilling drug – such as parac­eta­mol and as­pirin – that works ei­ther by block­ing pain sig­nals to the brain, or in­ter­fer­ing with the brain’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of th­ese sig­nals.

Th­ese are com­monly used for headaches, toothache and resid­ual pain af­ter surgery. An an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory is a spe­cific type of analgesic, in­clud­ing ibupro­fen and di­clofenac, which eases pain by re­duc­ing the pro­duc­tion of en­zymes called prostaglandins which pro­mote in­flam­ma­tion, pain and fever.

Anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries are com­monly used to treat joint pain as­so­ci­ated with arthri­tis, as well as pe­riod pain and mus­cle strains.

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