Did you know?
From 1st Feb. 2018, following a review by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), ALL painkilling medications that contain codeine will no longer be available over-the-counter, and will require a doctor’s prescription. This has come about because of safety concerns regarding the potential harm these medications can cause if they are used in high doses and/or for a long time. You can find out more information from the TGA website here.
Many of these medications may be products that you are already using, such as:
• Codeine-containing combination analgesics (painkillers) (available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus, Mersyndol and pharmacy generic pain relief products)
• Codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products (available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines).
With chronic pain becoming increasingly common, and one of the main reasons people seek out help from a practitioner such as myself, it pays to keep in mind that while these drugs are necessary at times, at best they can only temporarily relieve symptoms. Pain is a signal that the body is sending that something is out of balance, and addressing the underlying cause of pain is crucial – and this is always my focus when working with any kind of painful condition.
In many cases there are some very effective natural alternatives that are available. Many herbs have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, and may help manage pain both acutely and long-term – without the side effects or risks that some pharmaceutical products carry.