Opioids are a group of medications prescribed for the treatment of pain, examples of opioid medications include codeine, morphine and fentanyl.
For more information on individual medicines please visit this website: https://www.nhs.uk/medicines
Under the supervision of a Pharmacist some products containing opioids can be purchased over the counter at a community pharmacy.
Research suggests that opioids can provide useful pain relief in the short and medium term but there is little evidence they are helpful for long term pain.
Patient resources for advice on living with pain
Please see the resources below to find out more about opioids and for advice on living with pain.
- Understanding Pain Video – Brainman Stops his Opioids
- Understanding Pain Video – Brainman Chooses
- Understanding Pain Video – Brainman