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Over the Counter Relief Advice

Published: Dec. 4, 2017

If you’ve been wandering the pharmacy medicine aisle, wondering which pain medication is right for you, you’re definitely not alone.

So many of my patients ask me, “with all of the choices out there, how do I find the right medicine for relief?”

While every situation is different, finding the right over-the-counter medication should begin by identifying the source of your pain.

Generally, if you are experiencing pain due inflammation, you should reach for ibuprofen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). For example, if you wrenched your knee — and don’t have any reason you shouldn’t take this type of medication — then that’s where you would start.

LiveWell Nebraska: Over The Counter Relief, Which is Right for You?