Over-the-Counter Pain Medication: Use with Caution

Over-the-Counter Pain Medication: Use with Caution

Too much of these common pain relievers can be hard on your stomach, liver and kidneys.

When arthritis pain flares up, do you immediately reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever? Millions of Americans rely on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs – Advil, Motrin, Aleve), aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to self-treat aches and pains. Although these medicines can ease achy joints, taking too much of them can be hard on the rest of your body.

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