Over-the-Counter Oral Pain Meds

There are three major over-the-counter pain medications: Aspirin, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. But which is the best? Well all three have pros and cons. Ask you physician if you are unsure of what’s right for you.



  • Relieves pain, fever and some itching, swelling and arthritis
  • Can save life during heart event


  • Not recommended for children including teens as it is known to cause Reye’s Syndrome
  • Can cause stomach irritation
  • Should not be taken by individuals who take blood-thinners, have asthma, gout, hearing loss, ulcers or are known to be allergic to aspirin



  • Relieves mild pain and fever reducer
  • Works for people allergic to aspirin, with stomach irritation or have ringing in ears


  • Long-term use can cause liver damage
  • Not to be used if fever is higher than 103F for over 3 days
  • Should not be used by those suffering from anemia, liver or kidney disease
  • Does not reduce inflammation or swelling



  • Anti-inflammatory, reduces fever, and pain from arthritis
  • Less irritating to gastrointestinal tract
  • Lower incidence of kidney or liver problems
  • Relieves backache, dental pain, fever, headaches, migraines, muscle and menstrual pain, cold and flu symptoms


  • Caution is advised if medication is taken for high blood pressure, blood thinners, aspirin allergy, asthma or if pregnant.
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