Nonopioid analgesics, antipyretics, and NSAIDs
Nonopioid analgesics, antipyretics, and NSAIDs are a broad group of pain medications. They’re discussed together because, in addition to pain control, they also produce antipyretic (fever control) and anti-inflammatory effects. These drugs may be used alone or in combination with other medications. They have a ceiling effect (maximum dose above which there’s no added benefit) and don’t cause physical dependence.
The drug classes included in this group are:
· salicylates (especially aspirin), which are widely used the para-aminophenol derivative acetaminophen
· the urinary tract analgesic phenazopyridine.