Which OTC pain relievers are right for you?



Before selecting an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever, it’s important to keep in mind that your health conditions, lifestyle, and current medications could play a role in your choice.

Choose a type of pain reliever

Select a type of OTC pain reliever below to create your personalized checklist of risk factors in just two steps.

Acetaminophen and NSAIDs are safe and effective when used as directed.
This list above does not include every medicine that contains acetaminophen or NSAIDs.

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Check the Drug Facts Label

If you have a medicine that is not listed here, you can check the 'active ingredients' section of the Drug Facts label or ask your pharmacist or healthcare professional. Be sure to take only one medicine containing the same kind of active ingredient (acetaminophen or NSAID) at a time.