Paracetamol to stay in OA guidelines

Suggestions that paracetamol be dumped from osteoarthritis (OA) guidelines have been put on hold for fear it may lead to an increase in the use of NSAIDs and opiates.

Draft guidelines from the UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) questioned the usefulness of the popular analgesic for relieving the symptoms of OA, citing concern over its potential long term side effects.

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