Non-opioid analgesics are pain medications for mild to moderate pain. Non-opioid analgesics include NSAIDs
, such as ibuprofen, as well as other analgesics such as acetaminophen and aspirin. These medications also include adjuvant analgesics
, which are those that relieve pain even though pain relief is not their primary purpose. Examples include antidepressants
, both regularly used to treat certain types of chronic pain.
Non-opioid analgesics may be short-acting or long-acting pain medications. They may be taken alone for pain management, though they may also be taken in combination with opioids to relieve moderate to severe pain.
Non-opioid analgesics, such as low-dose naproxen and aspirin, are readily available over-the-counter, though many stronger forms may require a doctor’s prescription. A prescription is required for adjuvant analgesics.