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If you have been advised not to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a number of alternative treatments can be used.
Alternatives for some of the most common conditions treated with NSAIDs are listed below.
If you need medication to treat pain, paracetamol can be used in almost all cases. An exception to this would be in cases of severe liver disease where lower doses must be used because paracetamol in full doses can damage the liver.
You should seek advice from a pain specialist before taking painkillers other than NSAIDs, paracetamol or aspirin.
There are also a number of non-drug-based treatments for pain, such as:
If you have gout, a medication called colchicine, or oral steroids are an effective alternative to using an NSAID.
Alternative treatments for osteoarthritis include:
Alternative treatments for rheumatoid arthritis include:
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