Non-Opioid Analgesics can be very useful painkillers for people with Fibromyalgia going through a flare up. They usually have few side effects and far less likely to cause addiction or dependence as opposed to Opioids. They are however generally for short term use and if you find your having to use the for more than 10 days it’s probably best to discuss things with your doctor. Another advantage is that they are normally easier to come buy and often available in supermarkets or without a prescription at a Pharmacy. You can often save money buying Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Asprin at a supermarket for less than 20 pence a pack. Be mindful however that retailers no longer allow people to buy anything but small quantities in an attempt to deter people using them to overdose as people are often not successful but go through a highly painful experience which can cause permanent damage drastically reducing quality of life.

Asprin can be very useful for headaches and Muscoskeletal Pain, they are available in dispersible tablets which can help to increase the speed of their effectiveness. I often get quite severe headaches and I first look to remove the cause but often turn to Asprin and it is nearly always effective. Also Asprin does have Anti-Inflammatory properties however when an Anti-Inflammatory is required often other drugs are chosen. The downsides of Asprin are Gastric irritation and they can significantly interact with other medication so take care when using it and always read accompanying information with your Asprin and any other medication you take.

Paracetamol is similar in efficacy to Asprin but has no demonstrable Anti-Inflammatory properties. It is less irritable to the stomach than Asprin which is why it is more commonly used for pain. Paracetamol is often used in conjunction with other drugs like Ibuprofen, Codine and caffeine with care and you can often find many prepared combinations under various brand names. I have use Paramol before to treat pain without a prescription and have found it to be one of the more effective non prescription pain medications.

Codeine is often referred to in the non Opioid category even though I believe it may technically be an Opioid. Never the less it can be a very useful pain killer and can be found in both prescription only preparations and in small doses non prescription preparations along with its family member dihydrocodeine. I would exercise a word of caution with Codeine as it is an addictive drug and I have seen a lot of news items suggesting people are becoming addicted to medications that contain Codeine and that it is not quite as non addictive as the other mentioned Non-Opioid Analgesics.

A list of Non-Opioid Analgesics

Co-coda mol
Nefopam Hydrochloride

I will also offer another word of caution. People with Fibromyalgia often get used to dealing with a lot of different pains in many areas of the body and can only too quickly resort to their pain killer of choice. Pain is a very important mechanism within the body and often the first indication of something being wrong. Do not get into the cycle of treating every pain without getting it diagnosed as sometimes new pain is a sign that there may be a more serious problem developing in the body. It is always best to have new pain diagnosed to make sure that it is not a sign of something that requires more intervention.