Most episodes of acute pain can be managed with medication and the pain usually goes away when the injury or illness heals.
However medication alone is not helpful for the management of chronic pain and and patients need to adopt other strategies.
In cases of chronic pain, medicines such as opioids contribute on average to only a 30% reduction in pain. They may also have unwanted side-effects and can be harmful and addictive if used long-term.
If you are using medications, you may benefit from a tool that will help you manage them. Painaustralia has partnered with MedAdvisor to help you organise and order your medications from smart phone, tablet or PC.. For every sign-up through this page $1 will be donated to Painaustralia.
Register adverse medicine events If you have any concerns about reactions, side effects or medicine interactions call the Adverse Medicine Events (AME) Line. The AME Line is staffed by registered pharmacists and provides information related to prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines. AME LINE: 1300 134 237 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm