I am not one to take pain medications regularly. In fact I have taken OTC (over the counter) pain medications maybe 1-2x per year or not at all. Recently I had to get a tooth removed, and I was in a lot of pain. Like 10/10 pain level, we are talking high intensity.
When something is hurting, maybe it's in the middle night, we just want to take something to go back to sleep and get out of pain. You might be looking in your medicine cabinet and have a glazed look on your face...which medication to take and get rid of the pain?
Here's the usual OTC - Over The Counter list:
Acetominophen (Tylenol) - this basically tricks the brain and tells you there's less pain; used as a pain reliever and fever reducer.
Ibuprofen (motin or advil) - helps reduce pain and inflammation, often easier on the stomach than aspirin.
Aspirin (bayer)- also helps bring down the inflammation, relieve aches and pain, and is also used as a blood thinner.
All of these can be used for those minor pain episodes like a headache, neck pain, toothache, fever, etc.
That being said you need to read the directions and follow your doctor's advice. Make sure there's no side effects or complications with other medications you may be taking. Also before you go out and drive, make sure its okay to be taking one of these pills. All of these over-the-counter medications can be easily found at the drugstore and often at your grocery store which has a pharmacy as well.
A few other points....It's also recommended and probably states on the bottle to take with a full glass of water. Follow the directions and don't exceed the amount that is recommended. Also only take on an as needed basis.If pain persists or changes for more than a couple days really need to see your doctor.
Finally, check the expiration date on your over the counter medications in your medicine cabinet. If you dont' use these a lot its easy to lose track of these dates.
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