Why do you need to take paracetamol if taking tramadol

I have a pain in my leg so the doctor gave me naproxen and co-codamol but they haven't worked so I phoned the doctor and I had the option of seeing a doctor or have a stronger painkiller so I choose the painkiller so I was gaven the option of tramadol or ibuprofen so I choose tramdol and the doctor said I can also take paracetamol but what's the point if tramadol is a strong tablet.
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  • [Deleted User]
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    The doctor didn't say you need to take it, but that you can take it.

    Whether you want to or not depends on your pain levels.
  • elsien
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    edited 2 October 2020 at 12:23PM
    If you are unclear on your medication your safest bet is to go back to your GP to ask the questions you overlooked the first time round.

    As a general comment, and not referring to your medication which I know nothing about, there are some pain medications which for most people are safe to use together on GP advice. The reason for taking both is that they can be staggered throughout the day - taking 1 at 8am and 1 at 10am for example, which maintains the level of pain relief if one is starting to wear off and the person is due the next dose.

    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • keithdc
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    Paracetamol has an opioid sparing effect (so need less opioid for same analgesic effect).

    Basically... Listen to your GP!
  • Torry_Quine
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    Ask your pharmacist. 
    Lost my soulmate so life is empty.

    I can bear pain myself, he said softly, but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have -
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  • burtons
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    keithdc said:


    Basically... Listen to your GP!
    The doctor I spoken to  was a foreign doctor and I couldn't understand her and she couldn't understand me.
  • Undervalued
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    burtons said:
    keithdc said:


    Basically... Listen to your GP!
    The doctor I spoken to  was a foreign doctor and I couldn't understand her and she couldn't understand me.
    Well try another one or go into a chemist and ask to speak to a pharmacist. 
  • suejb2
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    With respect I have just Googled it and found the answer.
    Life is like a bath, the longer you are in it the more wrinkly you become.
  • burtons
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    suejb2 said:
    With respect I have just Googled it and found the answer.
    Can you provide me with the link.
  • keithdc
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    burtons said:
    suejb2 said:
    With respect I have just Googled it and found the answer.
    Can you provide me with the link.
    www.google.com 
    www.google.co.uk
    (Either should work!)
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