Making Sense of Non-Prescription Pain Meds
Thanks to brand names and confusing marketing, your local pharmacy counter can be a confounding place to shop. For instance, Diphenhydramine is sold as Benadryl, an allergy medicine, though we all know it also makes you sleepy. The same chemical is sold as a sleep aid (Sominex), and a motion-sickness cure (Dramamine). Imagine a customer taking one of each trying to treat insomnia, car sickness and allergies all at once, and sleeping for a week! Checkout more details straight from the source.
OTC pain-relief medicines can be an equally confusing lot to pick through. Here are a few of the most common, how to tell them apart, and a few of the pros and cons of each.
A basic and simple remedy as old as Monsanto, Acetaminophen (usually branded Tylenol) blocks pain signals sent to the brain. It is fast acting, gentle on the stomach and is almost certain to remedy a minor headache.
But be careful! Statistics indicate that overuse/overdose of Tylenol can cause serious liver damage and organ malfunction, and has even been the cause of overdose fatalities. Never take more than the listed dosage, and never more than 1 or 2 times a day.
Ibuprofen is the generic term for several competing brand-name pain relievers, including Advil and Motrin. It is a slower-acting and more complicated drug – ibuprofen works to dampen nerves before they can send pain signals,