Nurse Prescribing, Vol. 6, Iss. 11, 14 Nov 2008, pp 496 - 501
This article provides an overview of non-opioid analgesics. There is a consideration of the mechanisms of action of paracetamol, aspirin and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The contraindications, cautions and side-effects of NSAIDs are summarized in a series of tables. There is a discussion of some of the common prescribing issues that relate to this group of analgesics. The reader has the opportunity to self-check their own knowledge with a pre-reading self-assessment.