This information is for people with high blood pressure who take over the counter pain relievers.
What are over the counter pain killer?
Over-the-counter OTC medicines are widely used by people for may times of pain. There are two types of OTC pain killers: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Aspirin, naproxen(naproxen and ibuprofen(Advil, Motrin) are examples of OTC NSAIDs.
What is the strongest over the counter pain medicine?
Ibuprofen and naproxen are very strong. Naproxen is popular because it can be purchased without a prescription.
OTC pain killers are the first option for people when you suffer from headaches or back pain. It must be remembered that not all OTC medicines are effective
Acetaminophen is recommended for older adults. It is said it is the safest oral OTC painkiller. However, doctors say they must not exceed 3000mg per day.
It is called paracetamol in Pakistan and India.
It is considered safe because does not cause side effects like stomach pain and bleeding. Hospitals across the US also prefer to use Acetaminophen because it has few side effects than aspirin.
Ibuprofen is very effective and widely used by people for muscle pain too. It is also a very effective medicine for the treatment of low back pain on a short-term basis.
OTC drugs have also used in the treatment of migraine head. One of my colleague suffers from Chronic migraine. She uses ibuprofen.
Doctors advise us that we should use Acetaminophen (Paracetamol). They say it does not pose much risk like other NSAIDs. It has been found that regular users often suffer stomach bleeding and attack.
However, doctors advise us that we should not use Acetaminophen for a long period of time. It can also damage the liver. Unfortunately, most of the people who heavily use it in countries like Pakistan do not care about the damage.
It is also said that heavy drinkers should not use.
People who are heart patients like me should take naproxen. I have been using Coplavix for two years.