You hear all the time about pain relief drugs. There are those in the pharmacy and those up front in the pain relief section of your local convenience store. There is a big difference between prescription and nonprescription pain medication and choosing to use one or the other depends entirely on what pain you are having and how long you have had the pain. The first thing you’ll want to do is to learn about what pain relieving drugs are available and how they can help you:
The main one and the most accessible is aspirin. It’s found anywhere drugs are sold and it comes in 81 mg and 325 mg. The 81 mg aspirin is a low dose and is usually used as a front line measure for patients who have some heart troubles or low grade blood pressure problems. The higher dose can be used when you’re in need of pain relief.
The next on the list is acetaminophen or by the brand name Tylenol. This comes in 325 mg, 500 mg, or even now 650 mg. This is used to treat fevers, arthritis, and any other skeletal problems. It is also an effective cure for the common headache and people who have aspirin allergies. However, it must be said that there are restrictions on the amount of acetaminophen you can take. They advise that you don’t exceed more than 4000 mg in a day.
Then there is the brand name drug Motrin and Advil which is also known as ibuprofen. This is considered an NSAID which stands for a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which helps to treat common aches and pains. It’s good for colds, muscle pains, and toothaches. There are higher doses than the 200 mg that it comes in but those are usually done through a prescription only.
When continuous pain relief is needed, you can switch off between Tylenol and Advil.