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Paracetamol and Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs 

Paracetamol and Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Paracetamol and Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Andrew Dickman

and Roger Knaggs

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date: 06 May 2021

Paracetamol is a useful analgesic for mild to moderate pain

Its widespread availability should not infer ineffectiveness

Paracetamol can be opioid sparing and should be considered the simple analgesic of choice

Each patient should be carefully assessed before a NSAID or COX-2 inhibitor is prescribed

COX-2 inhibitors must not be used in patients with established ischaemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and/or cerebrovascular disease.

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