Paracetamol and ibuprofen under the spotlight

Paracetamol doesn’t work for lower back pain and is next to useless for osteoarthritis, despite being recommended as the first line drug treatment for both conditions.

An Australian study in The BMJ provides new evidence that the drug is no better than placebo for the first condition and its effect on osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is too small to be clinically worthwhile.

The findings come months after another systematic review and meta-analysis questioned the routine

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