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What over-the-counter meds are good to relieve sciatic nerve pain?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
5 doctors agree

In brief: NSAIDs vs Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Aleve and Ibuprofen area non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications that can be used to reduce pain and inflammation.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Acetaminophen is a anti-pyretic medication used to reduce pain and fever, however tylenol (acetaminophen) does not reduce inflammation.

In brief: NSAIDs vs Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Aleve and Ibuprofen area non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications that can be used to reduce pain and inflammation.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Acetaminophen is a anti-pyretic medication used to reduce pain and fever, however tylenol (acetaminophen) does not reduce inflammation.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: NSAIDs

Start with an anti-inflammatory medication such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, aleve.
If not successful, you might need prescription medications. Consider an evaluation by your doctor.

In brief: NSAIDs

Start with an anti-inflammatory medication such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, aleve.
If not successful, you might need prescription medications. Consider an evaluation by your doctor.
Dr. Tung Nguyen
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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: NSAIDs

There are patients who find relief with otc nsaids such as Aleve (naproxen) and advil.
But you made need prescription medication if these do not work.

In brief: NSAIDs

There are patients who find relief with otc nsaids such as Aleve (naproxen) and advil.
But you made need prescription medication if these do not work.
Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: None

Sciatica is usually quite severe and there is no otc that is very effective in relieving it.
All the otc are about equal in there pain relieving abilities so you can try any of them. If they are not effective, see your doctor for an exam and referral to pain specialist for treatment.

In brief: None

Sciatica is usually quite severe and there is no otc that is very effective in relieving it.
All the otc are about equal in there pain relieving abilities so you can try any of them. If they are not effective, see your doctor for an exam and referral to pain specialist for treatment.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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