Analgesics best taken on an empty stomach

That’s because food reduces their efficacy and has no known benefits, says an Oxford pain specialist.

Analgesics like aspirin, paracetamol and NSAIDs are more effective if taken without food, says a leading pain specialist whose research calls into question current advice on prescribing practices.

International guidelines for most analgesics, especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, say they should be taken with food to reduce gastrointestinal adverse effects.

But Professor Andrew Moore, a University of