Over-the-Counter Medications

Other than the commonly used pain-relievers aspirin and Tylenol, three of the NSAIDs are offered over-the-counter at nonprescription strength (lower strength than what is available by prescription only) for mild arthritis pain.

  • Ibuprofen (brand names Advil and Motrin)

  • Naproxen (brand name Aleve)

  • Ketoprofen (brand names Orudis KT and Actron)

The FDA included over-the-counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) in the revised labeling which warns of potential adverse events associated with the use of this class of drugs. It is important not to exceed the maximum allowable daily dosage and to report any gastrointestinal or cardiovascular side effects to your doctor immediately.

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