Best Pain Relief Medicines Over-the-counter (OTC)

Best Pain Relief Medicines Over-the-counter (OTC)
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There's quite some choice when looking for pain relief medicines.

You'll find here best pain relief drugs which is also derived from pain reliever reviews.

Further down this page you also might want to read about FDA's latest warning for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).
FDA's warning doesn't apply to aspirin.

We're talking here about OTC (Over-The-Counter) pain medicines Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Equate) - Acetaminophen is also known as paracetamol -
about OTC NSAIDs such as Naproxen, Aspirin (Bayer, Aleve), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Kirkland, Equate) and about a few organic pain relievers.

Something notable about Ibuprofen.
Besides relieving pain and helping against fever and infections, research experiments on worms showed that these worms lived 10% longer when treated with Ibuprofen. Further research on mice is needed to find out if it might be of influence on human lives as well.

The product information below may give you an idea about differences between a brand or type vs another.

If you have no clue whatsoever which product to choose, then consider one of these medicines:
Bayer        Kirkland        Advil        Aleve        Tylenol        Naproxen        Forces of Nature        Equate        Motrin

Coated Aspirin Tablets Bayer - Low Dose

Really popular coated aspirin tablets Bayer - low dose.
Active ingredient is Aspirin 81mg (=NSAID).
This pain reliever comes as coated aspirin and meant to dissolve in the small intestine, instead of in the stomach.
For the temporary relief of minor aches and pains.

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Naproxen Sodium Caplets Aleve

Active ingredient is Naproxen sodium 220 mg (=NSAID).
This Aleve pain relief medicine is for temporarily relieving minor aches and pains due to minor pain of arthritis.

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Ibuprofen Tablets Kirkland Signature

Also popular these ibuprofen tablets Kirkland Signature.
Active ingredient is Ibuprofen 200 mg (=NSAID).
These tablets from Kirkland Signature relief minor arthritis pain, relief menstrual pains, relief common cold, headache, toothache, muscular aches, backache and reduces fever.

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Advil Ibuprofen Coated Tablets

Active ingredient is Ibuprofen 200 mg (NSAID).
This pain reliever is especially for joint pain.

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Extra Strength Acetaminophen Caplets Tylenol

Active ingredient is acetaminophen 500 mg.
Besides arthritis, this medicine also relieves headache, muscular aches, backache, the common cold, toothache, menstrual cramps and temporarily reduces fever.

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Naproxen Sodium Kirkland Signature

Active ingredient is Naproxen sodium 220 mg (Naproxen 200 mg) (=NSAID).
Pain relieving of headaches, common cold, toothache, fever, muscular aches, backache, minor pain of arthritis and menstrual cramps.
Generic of the Aleve medicine (see above).

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Liquid Ibuprofen Gels Advil

Active ingredient Ibuprofen 200 mg (=NSAID).
This pain reliever contains soluable Ibuprofen capsules.
Is suitable for temporarily relieving minor aches and pains due to headache, the common cold, toothache, muscular aches, backache, minor pain of arthritis, and menstrual cramps. Temporarily reduces fever.

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Fissure Control from Forces of Nature

Organic active ingredients are hamamelis virginiana and calendula officinalis.
Organic treatment for damaged rectal tissue and hemorrhoids.

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Ibuprofen Tablets Equate

Active ingredient Ibuprofen 200 mg (=NSAID).
This Equate pain reliever is for Muscle aches, Minor pain of Arthritis, Headache Toothache, Backache, Common cold, Menstrual cramps, Fever .

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Ibuprofen Capsules Motrin IB

Active ingredient is Ibuprofen 200 mg (=NSAID).
Works fast on muscle pain.

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Acetaminophen Gels Equate

Active ingredient is Acetaminophen 500 mg.
Gelcaps pain reliever. It might give a bit quicker pain relief compared to medicines in tablet form.
To use for headache, arthritus pain, (pre)mentrual cramps, fever, toothache, backache, muscular aches.

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Leg and Foot Cramp Tablets Hyland's

About 50 doses (100 tablets)
Natural active ingredient are Cinchona off., Aconitum nap., Gnaphalium poly, Ledum pal., Magnesia Phos., Rhus tox. and Viscum alb.
To relief pain from legs, knees, calves, joints and feet.

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Regular Strength Aspirin Safety Coated Tablets Ecotrin

Active ingredient is Aspirin 325 mg (=NSAID).
This pain relief medicine dissolves in the small intestine, not in the stomach, because of its cocalled SensiCoat protector.

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Coated Tablets Buffered Aspirin Bufferin

Active ingredient is aspirin 325 mg (=NSAID).
According to Bufferin, their pain reliever is gentler to your stomach than plain aspirin.

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Tablets Aspirin from Anacin

Active ingredients are aspirin 400 mg (=NSAID) en caffeine 32 mg.
This Anacin pain reliever temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: headache, sore throat, toothache, muscular aches, a cold, backache, arthritis, menstrual cramps.

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FDA Warning on Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

On July 9, 2015 the U.S. Federal Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) strenghtened its warning of heart attack and stroke risk for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.
Prescription NSAIDs as well as OTC NSAIDs.


The FDA further states that "Although aspirin is also an NSAID, this revised warning doesn't apply to aspirin."

Prescription NSAIDs and OTC NSAIDs

For conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and other rheumatological and painful conditions, doctors often prescribe an NSAID medicine.

For temporarily reducing fever and treating minor aches and pains such as headaches, toothaches, backaches, muscular aches, tendonitis, strains, sprains and menstrual cramps, people buy OTC NSAIDs. Examples of Over-The-Counter NSAIDs are Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), Naproxen (Aleve) and some combination medicines that relieve various symptoms, such as multi-symptom cold products.

The FDA emphasizes in their warning to take just one NSAID medicine at a time.
In case you take several medicines at a time, then check the drug facts label for active ingredients.

Increased Risk of heart attack and stroke risks

The FDA will also require manufacturers of NSAIDs drugs to update their labels with more specific information about heart attack and stroke risks.

Especially people having cardiovascular disease, and in particular those who recently had a heart attack or cardiac bypass surgery, are at the greatest risk for cardiovascular adverse events associated with NSAIDs. But also people without heart and/or blood vessel problems, may be at risk, says the FDA.

The FDA advises to stop taking NSAID medicines and talk to your doctor if you experience chest pain, trouble breathing, sudden weakness in one part or side of the body, or sudden slurred speech.

Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
Here you can read FDA's official warning.

May be you worry about the expiration date of a medicine, well, read here about expiration dates.

Drug Fact Image: FDA