Over-the-counter (OTC) Medicines


Over-the-counter medicines are available without a prescription at drug stores and pharmacies and are helpful for mild to moderate pain. Ask your doctor if any of the following medicines might be helpful for your pain:

  • Aspirin (Bufferin, Ecotrin)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Datril)**
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and Nuprin)
  • Ketoprofen (Orudis)
  • Naproxen sodium (Aleve and Anaprox)
Common side effects: Aspirin and other NSAIDs may cause stomach irritation, asthmatic and/or allergic reactions, and/or damage to the kidneys. And are generally not recommended if you have stomach ulcers, asthma, or are allergic to aspirin. If taken in excess of recommended dosage, acetaminophen can cause liver damage. Do not take acetaminophen with alcohol or if you suffer from liver disease.

**The FDA has expressed concern over acetaminophen regulations. Click here to read more about these concerns.

Revised December 15, 2010