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Analgesic (Definition)

Analgesic is a medication similar to Pain medicine. An analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to ...Read more


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What's the most effective over-the-counter pain reliever?

What's the most effective over-the-counter pain reliever?

Depends: It depends on any other problems you may have, but in the absence of liver disease tylenol in recommended amounts and in the absence of kidney or stomach trouble, Ibuprofen or Naproxen are effective. Ibuprofen or Naproxen is proabably better than tylenol for pain, especially arthritic pain. Neither should be used in large amounts or for a prolonged period of time without consulting a physician. ...Read more

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What do doctors think is the top over-the-counter pain reliever for pms?

What do doctors think is the top over-the-counter pain reliever for pms?

At Healthtap we try: To steer clear of recommending particular brands. A combination pain reliever with diuretic can be beneficial. Nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, warm bath, heating pad, exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for pms / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol ; salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter pain reliever works best after tooth extraction?

Which over-the-counter pain reliever works best after tooth extraction?

Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen 600-800mg taken every six hours works great. If allergic to aspirin, nsaids or are taking blood thinners ask your doctor first. Acetaminophen (paracetamol) 650mg every 6 hours will help, but will not control the inflammation that causes the pain. If needed, you can take both if you don't exceed 3200mg Ibuprofen or 3000mg Acetaminophen per day. Talk to your dentist for specific help. ...Read more

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What is the most effective non-narcotic pain reliever. (Must be stronger then over the counter)?

What is the most effective non-narcotic pain reliever.  (Must be stronger then over the counter)?

Depends . . .: This must be addressed w/your family doc or pain management doc. Over-the-counter NSAIDs like Ibuprofen & Naproxen as dosed less than prescription versions. For instance, Ibuprofen is prescribed at 400mg, 600mg & 800mg. There are many prescription NSAIDs just like there are many cars. It's a matter of finding best for you. Depending upon pain, consider epilepsy drugs, capsaicin or lidocaine. ...Read more

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I've been having sense of fullness in my left leg behind my knee, its obvious I should see a doctor but in the meantime are there any over-the-counter leg pain reliever?

Let me try to help: Although I have no definite diagnosis, you could some Motrin and apply moist heat on it , avoid squatting and strenuous activity involving the knee. Please check it out as soon as you can. Than you. ...Read more

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