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New NICE guidelines advise drug treatments ‘ineffective’ for chronic primary pain

New draft guidelines issued for consultation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advise against the use of many routine drugs for chronic primary pain. This includes paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e aspirin and ibuprofen) benzodiazepines or opioids. The guidelines state these should not be offered because there is little or no evidence that they make any difference to people’s quality of life, pain or psychological distress.

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