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To effectively treat pain, you need to understand the source. Acute pain (e.g., pain from a wound) is not treated the same way as chronic pain. Also, it’s important to have realistic expectations—especially with chronic pain—because complete pain relief isn’t always possible.


Choosing an over-the-counter pain reliever

When you’re in pain, you want quick and effective relief. Over-the-counter pain medication (also called analgesics) can usually relieve mild to moderate pain, sore muscles, menstrual cramps and tooth aches… but first you need to choose the right product!
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