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What is the best OTC pain medicine for a sprained knee?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Knee sprain
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) 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. In that situation can consider acetaminophen.

In brief: Knee sprain
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) 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. In that situation can consider acetaminophen.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Ibuprofen or similar
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, such as Ibuprofen are best for sprains.
Icing the knee intermittently can also help, while elevation may help keep swelling down.

In brief: Ibuprofen or similar
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, such as Ibuprofen are best for sprains.
Icing the knee intermittently can also help, while elevation may help keep swelling down.
Dr. John Stork
Dr. John Stork
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Dr. Riga Pemba
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: NSAIDs
Try motrin, ibuprofen, Naproxen with food and as long as you don't have gastritis or stomach problems.
Ice, elevation and rest helps as well. Tylenol (acetaminophen) if stomach problems, kidney or heart problems.

In brief: NSAIDs
Try motrin, ibuprofen, Naproxen with food and as long as you don't have gastritis or stomach problems.
Ice, elevation and rest helps as well. Tylenol (acetaminophen) if stomach problems, kidney or heart problems.
Dr. Riga Pemba
Dr. Riga Pemba
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
In brief: Magnesium salicylate
Support the sprained area with local muscle rub and ace wrap herb horsetail extract also helps to repair tendons.

In brief: Magnesium salicylate
Support the sprained area with local muscle rub and ace wrap herb horsetail extract also helps to repair tendons.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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