NSAIDs best taken on an empty stomach

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 Oxford pain specialist, says his research shows food has no