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Compare pain relievers

When you’re in pain, all you want is relief and with dozens of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers on store shelves – or even in your home medicine cabinet – it can be overwhelming. They may treat similar symptoms, but they work differently in your body.

Comparing pain relievers, for example their active ingredients, uses, warnings, and dosage directions, can be a helpful way to understand their differences.

For your safety, find below comparisons of common OTC pain relievers:

Ibuprofen vs Acetaminophen

Aspirin vs Ibuprofen

Naproxen sodium vs Ibuprofen

This is not an exhaustive list of OTC pain reliever comparisons. These comparisons are also not recommendations. If you have any questions about choosing or using OTC pain relievers, talk with your healthcare professional.