Feeling unwell is one of the most distracting things in our already hectic lives. There are few points in our calendars that we wish we were suddenly struck down by an illness , so it’s always something of a bother when it does finally happen. Still, some things cannot be avoided and we have to make the best of a bad situation most of the time, but there’s nothing quite as frustrating as trying to sift through the myriad of different pain relief medications available on the market. In that spirit, here’s a helpful guide to separate those medications out and find which is best for you.


General Pain Relief

What is it for?: Headaches, stomach aches, ear aches et cetera

What product do I need?: Paracetemol is by far the most common general pain relief medication out there on the market, and for good reason – it’s very effective. Look for Anadin, Nurofen and Curpofen.

Migraine Relief

What is it for?: Migraines and severe headaches

What product do I need?: You’ll want to kit yourself out with some max strength paracetemol, with both Nurofen and Anadin making excellent medication. Otherwise, investing in cooling forehead strips and a dark room in which to get some quiet is recommended.

Mouth Pain Relief

What is it for?: General mouth pain, teething and ulcers

What product do I need?: Anbesol do a very effective liquid which acts as a numbing agent inside the mouth to quieting the often constant noise of mouth pain. Our old friend paracetemol never hurts either.

Muscular Pain Relief

What’s it for?: Back aches, muscle strain, pulled muscles et cetera

What product do I need?: Ibuleve make an excellent, highly effective pain gel which, when applies to the area of muscle pain can effectively and quickly take the edge out of the pain.

Period Pain Relief

What’s it for?: Period pain

What product do I need?: There are a range of pain relief tablets made specifically for this problem, with Feminax producing a very popular tablet, as is the case with Femstrual. Failing that, paracetemol will work wonders