Analgesics | Varieties
In simple terms, analgesic means painkillers (Painkillers Wiki Page). Commonly used for pain relief, analgesic drugs work by interacting with the peripheral and central nervous systems to block pain signals and achieve analgesia. Analgesics inhibit the signals from reaching the brain and producing pain sensations. These are primarily divided into the following analgesic types:
- opiates/opioids or narcotic analgesics
- non-narcotic analgesics
While you need a doctor’s prescription to obtain opiates, non-opioid analgesics are easily available over the counter. The drugs that fall under narcotic category are heavily regulated.
NSAID | Over The Counter Analgesics
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), including aspirin, ibuprofen, are available in chemist shops and do not require a doctor’s prescription. These drugs not only relieve pain, aches, and discomfort from everyday conditions, but also suppress inflammation in acute rheumatism while reducing fever.