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Over the Counter Treatments (OTC)

These may not be as strong as prescribed medicines, but they may be sufficient to overcome the pain and discomfort of a ‘flare’ (a period of acute symptoms) or they may supplement other treatments. Always talk with your pharmacist or doctor when considering new or additional medicines.


Analgesics (pain relievers) such as paracetamol act on the nervous system to block mild to moderate pain. They don’t impact other symptoms such as joint swelling or stiffness.1

NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin act by reducing inflammation, joint swelling and stiffness. This can help to reduce joint pain.1

More information on medicines to treat knee pain can be found at:* an initiative of Arthritis Australia:*



1. My Joint Pain Fact Sheets, An initiative of Arthritis Australia, launched February 2013.*. Accessed 15 April 2013.
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