Asthma: Everyday Pain Relief (cont.)
So what's a person with asthma and an aching back to do? "I tell my patients with asthma that if they have a choice, they should take acetaminophen, such as Tylenol," says Korenblat. "If they have to take an NSAID, I just tell them to be careful and watch for problems."
Other Options for Pain Relief
Of course, painkillers aren't the only answer for many of life's aches and pains. Many effective and safe alternatives don't have any side effects at all.
So remember: Pain relief doesn't only come from a pill bottle.
The Pros and Cons of Pain-Relief Drugs
For those times when you do need a dose of pain relief, you need to make a smart choice. Here's a rundown of the benefits and risks of some popular pain medications. It should help simplify your choices the next time you're in the drugstore.
Keep in mind that you shouldn't use any over-the-counter painkiller on a regular basis. If you're in that much pain, you need to talk with your health care provider.
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