Types of painkillers

There are many different types of painkillers. The type you need depends on the type of pain you have. You might need one or more type to help relieve your pain.

Find out about taking painkillers and other drugs for pain control. And get information about possible side effects.


Opioid painkillers are a common treatment for cancer pain. You might take it for mild, moderate and severe pain. Find out about the different types.

Non opioid drugs

Non opioid painkillers are often used for mild to moderate pain. You can also take them alongside stronger painkillers for more severe pain.

Other drugs for pain control

You might take other drugs alongside painkillers to help relieve cancer pain. These might be steroids, anti depressants or anti epileptic drugs.

Last reviewed: 
17 Jan 2024
Next review due: 
17 Jan 2027