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Renowned expert Dr Rainsford shares knowledge on pain management

Jamshedpur: Given that headaches, fever, joint and body pain are regular features in any household, it is important to take the right medicine for the underlying condition and the correct dose.

Attempting to clear common misconceptions that people often have about the safety, efficacy and use of common NSAIDs and paracetamol for pain and fever management, Dr KD Rainsford, an Internationally renowned expert with over 40 years of experience in the field, discussed his research and findings on the topic during his recent visit to India. Pain is a condition that affects almost everybody at some point of time in his or her life.

In Jamshedpur itself, 76% of professionals who are regular computer users suffer from muscular pain, 15% -20% from acute pain and 25%-30% from chronic pain at least once in their lifetime. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also called NSAIDs, have long been the mainstay of treatment for pain, inflammation and fever.

However two cases have brought the debate of the benefits vs. risks of NSAIDs to the forefront in recent times. These include the dramatic withdrawal of rofecoxib in 2004 for causing adverse effects on the heart, and lumiracoxib, for triggering liver toxicity.

Speaking on the topic, Prof. K. D. Rainsford, Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC), Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield said, ďPain is one thing which cannot be completely eliminated from a personís life and is bound to occur sometime or the other. While mild pain can be ignored, in conditions of severe pain NSAIDs become essential.

This makes effective and safe pain management an extremely important topic of debate around the globe today. In-depth clinical research over the past few years has proved that not all NSAIDs are alike and several of them are safe when consumed under the guidance of an experienced medical professional.

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