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    Default 10 things you should know about common pain relievers

    While trying to alleviate the pain from bursitis in my hips, I learned that all NSAIDS will raise blood pressure. Switch to acetaminophen? Now you are risking liver damage. I decided I didn't know nearly enough about OTC pain relievers. I found this article helpful; perhaps you may as well.

    Harvard Medical School
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    Which pain reliever should you take, acetaminophen or NSAIDs?


    Willow bark was one of the earliest painkillers. Extracts or teas of willow bark have been used to treat fever and pain for more than 2,000 years. Unfortunately, the active ingredient, salicylic acid, is very hard on the stomach. In 1897, a German chemist working for the Bayer Company found a way to modify salicylic acid so it was less irritating to the stomach. The compound he created, acetylsalicyclic acid, was called Aspirin. It remained the premier over-the-counter painkiller until the development of acetaminophen in 1956 and ibuprofen in 1962. Since then, more than a dozen others have come onto the market.

    Keep reading: https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/...pain-relievers
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    Default Re: 10 things you should know about common pain relievers

    My physiotherapist told me quite some time ago that a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen worked better than either one taken alone. Since then I see a mix of the two available OTC. I never take them on an empty stomach (especially ibuprofen), which I thought was commonly known, but it is not written on the packet. As I take NAC - N-acetyl cystine - for other reasons I'm not too concerned. IMO, anyone taking high doses regularly should include NAC. It is given for acetaminophen overdose in hospitals.

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    Knowing what OTC pain relievers do for me, or do to me, I've renounced them altogether. In their place, I've had to take back my claim that I am on no prescription drugs. I broke down and took the anti-inflammatory that my PCP prescribed for that hip bursitis and it has proved to be effective in alleviating that excruciating pain I get upon arising. No side effects either!
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