What are the common types of pain relievers?

Over-the-counter medicines are commonly used to relieve headaches, arthritis, sore muscles and general aches and pains, notes MedlinePlus. Motrin and Advil are two OTC brands containing ibuprofen, and Aleve contains naproxen. OTC painkillers are also used to reduce fever and treat cold and flu symptoms, reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


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