OTC Meds & Addiction. Virtually all of the otc pain medications in the us do not activate the disease of addiction. While the otc pain medications may not activate addiction or cause physical dependence, they are still extremely dangerous if taken in excess and can cause liver and kidney failure and intestinal bleeding. Some countries like canada do have otc pain medications that can activate addiction (codeine).
Otc. Typically it implies a medication that does not have any opioid. Most otc medications do not have opioids. In the past some cough otc medications had some opioid type medication but these have been replaced.
NSAIDs. The only otc pain medications are nsaids, they are non-addictive.
Pain meds. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) They can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them.