Types of Painkillers

Painkillers come in all different shapes, sizes, forms and types. The purpose of this article is to inform and help you make sense of the almost overwhelming sea of pain control drugs out there.

Essentially, what I’ve done here is break the pack into two groups; opioids and anesthetics.

Type 1: Opioids

Opioids (such as dihydrocodeine) are a form of painkiller that are effective in allowing brief relief from mild to moderate pain. You can buy drugs like dihydrocodeine and other codeine based medications over the counter up to a certain dosage strength, after which you must obtain a prescription to acquire higher doses.

Opioid painkillers such as dihydrocodeine provide highly effective pain control for fevers and mild body pain. This type of drug, due to it’s wide availability and easy acquisition is one of the most commonly used painkillers on the market. It is extremely effective in assisting the fight against acute pain such as fevers, mild headaches and aches due to a recent surgery. Unlike anesthetics, which I will touch upon shortly, opioids are not effective in battling pain during actual medical procedures; they simply alter the way the brain responds to pain after the initial shock.

Note; most compounds in this category make use of more than one substance. While codeine is likely found in all drugs of this category, you will often find that the drug is paired with other substances, which produces varying effects of pain control. Take note of this and make sure you know exactly what you’re taking. Consult your doctor if you are unsure of the effects any such substance may have on you.

While it is difficult to accidentally overdose on opioids to the point of concern, it is still good to know the precautionary measures one can take and what to do/expect as you begin taking your new pain medication.

Type 2: Anesthetics

Anesthetics, unlike opioids such as dihydrocodeine, are a much higher grade of painkillers and cannot be bought over the counter, often with or without a prescription.

Anesthetics are commonly used in surgeries, wisdom tooth extractions and other medical procedures which have the ability to cause extreme pain unless such precautions are taken. You will not find anesthetics on sale in your pharmacy or drugstore due to their profound effects on the human body. It is incredibly easy to misuse such drugs, which is also why they are not available on the market.

Which Is Right For You?

Essentially, you will only ever run into one type of painkiller on the market as far as acute pain control goes; opioids. You can buy dihydrocodeine here and at other sites without too much difficulty as opposed to anesthetics which you cannot buy anywhere online. Anesthetics will usually only ever be applied under the direct supervision or instruction a medical professional who knows the correct operation of the appropriate needles and equipment required to administer anesthetics.


I hope this brief article has been helpful in establishing key differences between anesthetic painkillers and opioids such as dihydrocodeine. To reiterate; dihydrocodeine and other opioids such as co-codamol may be available over the counter in smaller doses while anesthetics will usually never be administered outside of a medical practitioner’s supervision.


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