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AVOIDING PAIN

It might sound trivial, but the best way of treating pain is actually avoiding it. Pain can be caused by many different reasons. Some of these reasons can be avoided. For example, a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, adequate exercise and sleep can help us to get less headaches and tensions. Yoga and other relaxation techniques help us reduce stress. Home remedies can also be used in pain therapy. For example, ice packs are used in sports injuries or sprains, while a warm pack is often used for colds or menstrual pain. However, often lifestyle changes or home remedies are not sufficient to combat pain quickly, effectively and long-term lasting. It is also usually not possible to interrupt our everyday life or our current activity because of pain. Pain becomes particularly troublesome if it is detaining us from the activities that give us pleasure.

Many different painkillers are available for self-therapy. Due to their analgesic effect, these drugs enable us to cope with our everyday life without pain and also to enjoy our leisure time. 
When you are suffering from pain or fever it can be a challenge to choose the right treatment among the prescription-free medicines for your condition. Thus, it is important to understand the differences between painkillers.

Pain and its cause are manifold and as diverse as the persons who suffer from it. Therefore, Brufen offers different products with several strengths and dosage forms specially adapted to individual needs.

WHAT IS DIFFERENT FROM BRUFEN WITH IBUPROFEN VS. OTHER TREATMENTS?

Brufen contains ibuprofen, which is part of a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs also include aspirin and naproxen sodium. Another commonly used pain and fever medicine is paracetamol (acetaminophen). The analgesic effect of paracetamol is based on a general blockage of pain signals to the brain17. Pain usually results from a local irritation of the tissue. Often inflammations or injuries cause these irritations. We perceive the pain itself only after the pain information has been forwarded to the brain. While drugs such as paracetamol reduce the transmission of pain to the brain, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen act directly and targeted in the affected tissue16,17. The actual causes of pain such as inflammatory processes are combated on the spot. Paracetamol has no anti-inflammatory effect16,17. The advantage over the substance acetylsalicylic acid is that ibuprofen can also be used in children and infants from 3 months. In addition, the risk of hemorrhage in ibuprofen is significantly lower than in acetylsalicylic acid. The latter inhibits blood clotting up to 7 days. It also has a good gastrointestinal tolerability. This means that the stomach and intestine are not stressed2,3,16,17.

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