Are nonopiate analgesics more effective than opiate analgesics for the management of renal colic?

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Bottom lineParenteral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease renal colic pain slightly more than parenteral opiates, with less need for rescue pain medication and a reduced likelihood of vomiting (SOR: A, systematic review of consistent RCTs). Paracetamol is similar to morphine in reducing pain from renal colic but is less likely to require rescue analgesia and less likely to cause adverse events (SOR: B, single RCT).

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