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What are some over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers?

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Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers include:

Both acetaminophen and NSAIDs reduce fever and relieve pain caused by muscle aches and stiffness, but only NSAIDs can also reduce inflammation (swelling and irritation). Acetaminophen and NSAIDs also work differently.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)

From: Pain Medications WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Today. American Family Physician. U.S. National Library of Medicine. UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on ,

SOURCES: Arthritis Today. American Family Physician. U.S. National Library of Medicine. UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on ,

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