Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers can help relieve pain or lower a fever. Over-the-counter means you can buy these medicines without a prescription.
The most common types of OTC pain medicines are paracetamol, aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ibuprofen.
Pain medicines are also called analgesics. Each kind of pain medicine has benefits and risks. Some types of pain respond better to one kind of medicine than to another kind. What takes away your pain might not work for someone else.
Taking pain medicines before exercising is OK. But do not overdo the exercise just because you have taken the medicine.
Read labels to learn how much medicine you can give your child at one time and during the whole day. This is known as the dosage. Talk to your pharmacist or your child's health care provider if you are not sure about the correct amount. Do not give children medicine that is meant for adults.
Other tips for taking pain medicines:
If you take pain relievers on most days, tell your provider. You may need to be watched for side effects.
Do not take more than the amount recommended on the container or more than your provider tells you to take.
Read the warnings on the label before taking the medicine.
Store medicine safely and securely. Check the dates on medicine containers to see when you should throw them away.