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What over-the-counter pain medicine is used for knee pain?

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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen ease pain and, at higher doses, tame inflammation. Acetaminophen can also be used to control knee pain but doesn't target inflammation, unlike the NSAIDs.

SOURCES: 

Bauman A. Runner's World. 2000.
Hart L. "Knee Pain." Woman's Day. 2001.
Lally S. "End Knee Pain Forever." Men's Health. 1990.
Levy AM, Fuerst ML. Sports Injury Handbook: Professional Advice for Amateur Athletes. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1993.
Roberts DM, Stallard TC.  Emerg Med Clin North Am. Feb 2000.
Tintinalli JE, Kellen GD, Staphczynksi JS. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. McGraw-Hill; 2000.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

SOURCES: 

Bauman A. Runner's World. 2000.
Hart L. "Knee Pain." Woman's Day. 2001.
Lally S. "End Knee Pain Forever." Men's Health. 1990.
Levy AM, Fuerst ML. Sports Injury Handbook: Professional Advice for Amateur Athletes. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1993.
Roberts DM, Stallard TC.  Emerg Med Clin North Am. Feb 2000.
Tintinalli JE, Kellen GD, Staphczynksi JS. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. McGraw-Hill; 2000.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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