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Pain Relievers

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Other pain relievers continued...

NSAID precautions (Also see Aspirin precautions)

  • Do not use an NSAID for longer than 10 days without talking to your doctor.
  • Talk to your doctor before taking NSAIDs if you have:
  • Talk to your doctor before using NSAIDs if you take:
  • Read and follow all the instructions on the medicine bottle and box carefully before giving your child ibuprofen. For more information, see Use of Ibuprofen in Young Children.
  • Talk to your doctor before you give fever medicine to a baby who is 3 months of age or younger. This is to make sure a young baby's fever is not a sign of a serious illness.

AcetaminophenAcetaminophen (the active ingredient in products such as Tylenol) reduces fever and relieves pain. It does not have the anti-inflammatory effect of NSAIDS, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, but it also does not cause stomach upset and other side effects.

Acetaminophen precautions

  • The product's package label will tell you how many milligrams (mg) of medicine are in each pill or liquid dose, how much you should take; and how often you should take it. Do not exceed the dosage limits, and follow the instructions on the package if you have health problems that may make it unsafe for you to take the usual dosage of a product.
  • Read and carefully follow all the instructions on the medicine bottle and box before giving your child acetaminophen. For more information, see Use of Acetaminophen in Young Children.
  • Talk to your doctor before you give fever medicine to a baby who is 3 months of age or younger. This is to make sure a young baby's fever is not a sign of a serious illness.
  • If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any kind of pain reliever unless your doctor has told you to. For more information, see Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy.
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Last Updated: July 06, 2011
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