For most people, over the counter pills are adequate to control their pain. If these options aren't working, you may need to see your doctor for a prescription for stronger pain medication. Your doctor will be able to assess your needs and provide you with the appropriate medication for your pain.
There are several types of pain medication available. Acetaminophen, the drug in Tylenol, works well for pain and fever. This pain medication is a good option for those people who suffer from stomach irritation when using other pain killers and for children. However, taking too much could harm your liver. Follow package instructions.
Aspirin; naproxen, in Alleve; and ibuprofen, in Advil and Motrin are all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They will reduce inflammation and pain. These pain medications are effective for arthritis, menstrual pain, joint pain and fever. Be aware that aspirin can seriously damage the liver of children suffering from chicken pox or the flu. Follow package instructions.
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