Below is a short list of some common, effective medications and remedies to alleviate the type of pain you’re experiencing. These can help whether you’re struggling with:
Acetaminophen helps lower fever and alleviates pain. It’s often a great choice for arthritis pain, headache and fever. It might not work that well for inflammation and swelling, however. Look to ibuprofen for that.
Ibuprofen works well for inflammation and swelling since it’s a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It also helps to reduce pain, fever, headaches, toothaches, backaches. menstrual cramps, muscle sprains and more.
Naproxen is also in the NSAID family and helps with pain. Similar to ibuprofen, it helps relieve fevers, inflammation, pain and more.
Aspirin belongs in the NSAID family of medications. It’s a great choice for treating toothaches, headaches and colds, and when combined with acetaminophen can help with fevers too.
A topical is a medicine or application you apply to your skin. Topical pain relievers mainly come in the form of patches, creams, and sprays. They target very specific areas.
For instance, if you have joint pain, you can apply the topical pain reliever right at the problem area for quicker pain relief. Taking medications orally has to go through your entire body before it can target the pain in a specific area, so a topical application may offer quicker pain relief.
Each medication comes with its own risks and side effects. While some may be mild, others may be more serious. Always check for any risks and side effects by reading the product’s warning labels before using or talk with your doctor.
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