Analgesic ladder - Image description

This illustration is used by doctors and nurses to find the best medicines for your pain. It shows three steps and says that if pain persists, the next step should be used. The lowest step is for mild pain and shows that non-opioid medicines should be used, with or without other medicines. The second, higher step is for moderate pain and shows that a weak opioid should be used, with or without non-opioids and with or without other medicines. The third and highest step is for moderate to severe pain. It shows that a strong opioid should be used, with or without non-opioids and with or without other medicines.