A Detailed Guide on Pain Medications

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Pain medications no matter if they are OTC or prescription strength, can assist you in managing chronic pain and other types of pain. Because they are strong medications, they must be used with caution. It's preferable to begin with the safest medications at the lowest possible dose for the shortest length of time and work your way up from there.

Be cautious of any potential adverse impacts and interactions with any medications or substances you may be taking. Also, always obey the label's or your doctor's recommendations. To make the things more clear here is a difference between over the counter and prescription medicines.

Over the Counter or OTC Medicine

There are two major categories that fall under OTC or Over-the-counter medicine:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that includes naproxen, diclofenac gel, and ibuprofen

Both acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alleviate fever and discomfort triggered by muscular cramps and spasms, but only NSAIDs can also decrease inflammation (heat, swelling, irritation, and redness related to an injury). Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) also operate uniquely. NSAIDs reduce the formation of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like chemicals that induce inflammation and pain.