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Analgesics

Edrada-Ebel, Ruangelie (2011) Analgesics. In: Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Churchill Livingstone, pp. 269-296. ISBN 978-0-443-07232-1

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Abstract

Analgesic drugs act in various ways on the peripheral and central nervous systems; they include paracetamol (para-acetylaminophenol, also known in the US as acetaminophen), the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as the salicylates, and opioid drugs such as morphine and opium. They are distinct from anesthetics, which reversibly eliminate sensation.