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OTC analgesia

This module considers the evidence for the effectiveness and safety of drugs available over the counter to treat pain

This module considers the evidence for the efficacy and safety of OTC analgesics.


To review recent research on OTC analgesics and consider the implications for pharmacy advice


After completing this module, you should be more aware of:

  • Attitudes towards the NHS supply of OTC analgesics
  • What the current evidence suggests regarding efficacy and safety and paracetamol in particular
  • What concerns are being raised
  • What guidance is being given on paracetamol for analgesia.


Charles Gladwin is a pharmacist and freelance medical writer.

About this module

Once you have completed this module, record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.


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