What is pain relief?
Pain relief medication is used to treat varying levels of pain and discomfort in the body. There are several different types of painkillers, but opioid pain medications such as codeine, dihydrocodeine and morphine are used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Opiates are also sometimes known as narcotics. The active ingredient opium is derived from the flower of the opium poppy and it has been used for hundreds of years to treat pain and sleeplessness.
As the various kinds of opioid painkiller are potentially addictive, we have put order limits in place for your safety.
Why take pain relief?
Certain kinds of stronger pain relief such as codeine painkillers are prescribed when paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen are ineffective. Moderate to severe pain is often treated with opioid painkillers or a combination of opioid and standard painkillers such as codeine tablets with paracetamol.
How does pain relief work?
Opioid pain relief works by stimulating the opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system. Your opioid receptors are also stimulated by pleasant activities such as laughing and this works to improve your mood. This mood improvement is one of the reasons that people can become reliant on these kinds of strong painkillers.
Although they vary in strength, opioid painkillers all have an effect on the nervous system. They are sedative painkillers, which means they slow bodily functions and reduce pain.
Is taking pain relief safe?
Strong painkillers are only available by prescription because although they are very effective there are also some risks associated with taking them. They are safe if you follow your doctor or pharmacist’s directions but misuse of these pain relief drugs can have serious consequences.
The most serious potential effect of misusing this kind of medication is overdose, during which you can stop breathing. If you take opioid painkillers regularly or for a long period of time, you also risk becoming dependent on them. Taken as prescribed, for a short length of time, opioid pain relief is very effective at treating pain.
Where can you get pain relief?
You can buy pain relief medicine online at Instant eCare. You will go through the online consultation to check that the pain killer tablets are safe for you to take. Providing the pain medication is suitable for your needs, you will be issued with a free prescription and it will be sent to your chosen address.
Bear in mind that there are limits to how much pain relief you can order at one time. There are also limits to how frequently you can place an order for pain relief tablets. This is for your own safety. You can read our opioid policy here and our opioid ordering limit here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you buy pain relief online in the UK?
You can buy painkillers online at Instant eCare, but be aware there are strict limits as to how much you can order. Read our opioid policy and opioid request limit for more information.
Can you buy codeine online?
You can also buy codeine painkillers online at Instant eCare, but like other painkillers there are strict limits on order volume.
What is the difference between co-codamol and codeine?