Medicine info: Active ingredients
Pethidine is an opioid pain-relief medicine that your doctor can prescribe. Find out more about pethidine, how it works and possible side effects.
Pain relief during labour
Learn about the different ways to relieve pain during childbirth, and how your support person can help you.
Contractions are a sign that labour is starting, and they will help push your baby down.
Opioid medicines and pain
Some pain medicines, such as opioids, need to be taken with care. Learn about the risks and benefits of opioids, side effects and pain-relief alternatives.
Drugs in sport
Using drugs to give you an edge in sports performance can also affect your health. Find out about what damage drugs can do to your health by reading our page.
How do you know if you're having a migraine or a headache?
Most Australians get headaches, while 5 million experience migraines, which can affect the entire body. Learn about the difference, and how you can prevent or treat migraines.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug with many serious side effects. Find out more about heroin's effects and the dangers of long term abuse and addiction.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea and anxiety, can occur if you stop taking an opioid medicine suddenly. Reducing the dosage slowly and carefully is key.
Opioids are a group of medicines prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Learn about their side effects, withdrawal symptoms and what to do in an overdose.
Taking opioid medicines safely
Opioid medicines are prescribed to relieve pain caused by cancer, surgery or injury. It's crucial to take them safely to reduce the risk of opioid harm.