There are multiple categories of analgesics:
- Simple analgesics
- Paracetamol (e.g Panadol, Panamax)
- Aspirin (e.g Aspro, Aspro clear)
- Anti-inflammatory: Designed to reduce inflammation and therefore decrease pain associated with pelvic disorders
- Diclofenac Sodium (e.g Voltaren)
- Naproxen Sodium (e.g Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen)
- Simple analgesics can be taken in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications; this conjunction enhances their efficacy and therefore reduces pelvic pain considerably.
- Weak opioids: Most are over the counter medications that can be taken orally.
- Codeine phosphate (e.g. Panadeine, Panadeine forte (must be prescribed by a doctor), Nurofen plus)
- Dextropropoxyphe hydrochloride and Paracetamol (e.g. Pradex, Di-gesic)
- Stronger opioids: Taken orally or as an injectable, which is provided by a specialist.
- Oxycodone (e.g OxyContin)
- Pethidine hydrochloride
- Morphine (Avinza, MS contin, Oramorph SR)
Cautions against anti-inflammatory and opioid medication: Long term use of opioid and anti-inflammatory medication can lead to dependency and decrease the effects of the medication due to a developed tolerance.
Antidepressants: Low dose antidepressants can also act as a pain relief for pelvic pain
- Endep 10-25 mg at night
Alternative medicine for pelvic pain relief:
- Naturopathic products
- Dietary changes
- Physical activity
Please consult your naturopath for further alternative medicine options