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 medication alone to deal with pain, please discuss other options with your GP.
Changes to Codeine Access
Codeine-containing medications will be available by prescription only from 1 February 2018. In the lead up to this change, the Therapeutic Goods Administration hosted a national series of workshops to help health professionals dealing with chronic and acute pain with alternative strategies for pain management. Presentations for the workshop include:.
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