(CNN) – With so many over-the-counter pain meds available, it’s often hard to select the right one. We’ve all experienced these symptoms at some point. A terrible headache, stuffy nose, muscle ache but which over the counter medicine works best?
Try considering these options. Brands like Tylenol are popular acetaminophens and are best used to ease pain, treat a headache or lower a fever.
Doctors say adults should not take more than 4,000 milligrams per day. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug that works by reducing irritation of nerve endings. So when it comes to treating menstrual cramps or arthritis. Try a brand like Advil, Motrin or a generic NSAID.
When seeking relief from mild to moderate muscle aches, colds, or even headaches – aspirin is another anti-inflammatory choice.
The key is to find a treatment that works for you. If you’re at risk for heart, liver, or kidney diseases, talk to your doctor before taking any medication.
If you want to try an alternative type of pain relief, some options include acupuncture, yoga, exercise, and cognitive behavioral therapy.