There are a plethora of over-the-counter medications(OTC pain relief) designed to alleviate pain caused by injuries, illness, or conditions like arthritis. It is important to understand how these medications work and to consider which would be the best suited one for your issue, if one is at all.
Consider the risks. Do the pro’s outweigh the cons? Even your everyday OTC pain relievers can cause a number of unwanted side effects. Read the label and follow the directions. If you have something like a headache or minor muscle pain, there are natural ways to alleviate the pain that are free from side effects.
Know the types and their differences. There are two main types of OTC pain relievers—acetaminophen and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). They both essentially do the same thing, but can affect people differently. Speak with your physician to determine which type and brand is most suitable for you.
Are you going to drink or eat? Drinking any form of alcohol is a no-no when taking OTC pain relievers. Also, certain types of foods can react differently with the drugs and may cause indigestion and other unwanted effects on the stomach.
Do you have blood pressure issues? OTC pain relievers can affect your blood pressure and have also been known to interact negatively with blood pressure medications. Here is another time when consulting your physician is very important before taking any medication.
It is advised that women who are late in their pregnancy or nursing should avoid the use of any and all pain relievers. After all, anything you ingest will reach your offspring at some point.
As you can see, even though these medications are available to buy without a prescription, it is important to know exactly what you are putting in your body. Sometimes, the same or even better results can be achieved through natural means. Exercise, a healthy diet, and supplementation, like joint pain relief natural supplements can relieve a wide array of health issues and problems.
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