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Pain & Pain Relief

A guide to treating pain with over-the-counter medicines

We all experience pain to some degree, with the headache, the most common pain, being experienced by 96% of the population at some time in their lives. Other common pains include backache, muscular pain and aches and pains caused by the common cold. Pain does not go away if it is ignored and health care professionals recommend pain relief to limit the amount of pain experienced and to allow the body to concentrate on getting better

The pain indepth article on the CHIC website gives advice on what is pain, the different types of pain and how to treat pain safely and effectively.

For OTC treatment in pain read All Pain Symptoms.

The information is also available as a leaflet. Hard copies are available free of charge by calling the CHIC order line on 0207 404 7842. is a directory of medicines and food supplements that are available 'over the counter' (OTC) from your pharmacist. The links below will take you to pages detailing products which may help treat or relieve the following symptoms:
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