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Analgesics:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of analgesic drugs other than non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) whose pain or stiffness control is not adequate?

Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- Analgesics (including NSAIDs, paracetamol, opioids and compound analgesics) are sometimes used with disease-modifying treatments to relieve pain and stiffness when symptom control is inadequate. Current practice regarding the choice of analgesic in RA is variable. The evidence is limited for many of the analgesic drugs other than NSAIDs, and their relative effectiveness is unknown. Further research in this area may inform future guidance on the use of analgesic drugs
other than NSAIDs for controlling symptoms.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management
Date issued
July 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/07/2018