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View Poll Results: Which Pain-Reliever Works Best for You?
Aspirin 8 8.89%
Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) 5 5.56%
Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) 48 53.33%
Naproxen (e.g. Aleve) 17 18.89%
Other 12 13.33%
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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Which Pain-Reliever Works Best for You?

I realize there are different kinds of pains and situations, but which OTC pain-reliever is most effective for you?
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I voted "other". I have taken just about every kind of pain med there is at one time or another. I can no longer take NSAID's due to stomach problems. The drug that worked the best for me was VIOXX, until the FDA took it off the market. I now use extended release Ultram, which is a synthetic narcotic.
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A glass of red wine usually takes care of all of my physical/emotional "pains" ...
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I take Ibuprofen in the day and Tylenol PM at night.
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I didn't vote because i'm not sure how to. Naproxen is the best by far for my joint pain but does nothing for my headaches. I take excedrin for those. I take ibuprofren for my muscle pain. Way too much pain for a 31 y.o.
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If you take all OTC candidates in placebo-controlled trials, they are about the same. So individual experience counts for a lot.

NSAIDs can cause gastric, platelet, and kidney problems, usually when used in excessive doses. Acetaminophen can cause liver problems with higher doses, esp with alcohol.
Probably best not to mix aspirin with NSAIDs due to accumulative platelet problems.

I use ibuprofen very infrequently and find that 400mg (2 tabs) is usually enough.
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for arthritis and the minor race wrecks (cycling) I rely on Motrin....when the wrecks require surgery then Vicoprofen
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We keep all of the above in our medicine cabinet, but I rarely take anything other than aspirin. However, for occasional back muscle aches, Aleve seems to work best.
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800 mg Ibuprofen after food. Usually one dose is enough but if I've really beaten myself up (or aggravated a knee) then I might keep it up 3x/day.
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I tough out pain more than I used to, after learning that NSAIDS and acetaminophen can actually damage one's hearing.

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We keep all of the above in our medicine cabinet, but I rarely take anything other than aspirin. However, for occasional back muscle aches, Aleve seems to work best.
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I rarely (maybe once a year) will take whatever is handy, usually two generic ibuprofen.

DW uses ibuprofen at least a couple of times a week, and prefers Aleve for muscle pain.

I might be a bit weird unusual, since I've had exactly four headaches in my entire life, and they were mild.
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I used to take ibuprofen when running marathons and ultras, but then read about possible damage to the kidneys when doing this. I've switched to taking an Aleve a couple of hours before, and if I really have to, I'll take at most 1 during a race, but preferably afterward when I know I'm rehydrated.
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I haven't taken a pain killer in at least 3 years, maybe 5. I try not to take them except under extraordinary circumstances.

But anyway, Advil works best for me when one is necessary.
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Prior to crash I would have answered ibuprofen. But this week aspirin and Tylenol have seemed better. Aleve seemed to do nothing. Hard to know for sure.

None have worked well.
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I tough out pain more than I used to, after learning that NSAIDS and acetaminophen can actually damage one's hearing.
What? I mean, what?!?
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A glass of red wine usually takes care of all of my physical/emotional "pains" ...
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My doctor (a native of Italy) actually told me if I had some mild pain in my wrists and upper body and had trouble sleeping soundly, a glass of wine, preferably red wine, would be OK instead of anything in the form of a pill. She said just don't have more than 1 glass, with a wink. Moderation!
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My doctor (a native of Italy) actually told me if I had some mild pain in my wrists and upper body and had trouble sleeping soundly, a glass of wine, preferably red wine, would be OK instead of anything in the form of a pill. She said just don't have more than 1 glass...
... for each wrist and upper body...
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Ibuprofen works best for me.
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..a glass of wine, preferably red wine, would be OK instead of anything in the form of a pill. She said just don't have more than 1 glass, with a wink. Moderation!
Yes I vacillate between red wine and vodka. Vodka is best for headaches while red wine seems to work for joint issues.

If it is early in the day, then aspirin works best after breakfast.
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I take an ibuprofen or two on occasion, not more than a couple of times a month usually.
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