The term “analgesic” refers to drug or medicine that reduces pain without rendering the person taking it unconscious. Examples of analgesics include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin (Anacin, Bayer, Excedrin, Bufferin, Ecotrin, Ascriptin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and cyclooxygenase -2 (COX-2) inhibitors (Celecoxib). Morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone (Vicodin) are also considered analgesics. Analgesics are available over-the-counter and by prescription, and can be used in conjunction with other medications such as decongestants and antihistamines. Cold remedies are a one example of combination use. Analgesics do have side effects, so it is important to read the directions for use of each analgesic thoroughly.

  • Sore muscle
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Toothache
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Rash
  • Shingles
  • Acute illnesses such as colds
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