Health Tip: Pain Relievers Aren't for Everyone

-- Over-the-counter pain relievers can be a quick and easy option to manage pain, but they may not safe for everyone.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says you should speak with a doctor before you take painkillers including acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen if:

  • You have a known allergy to a pain reliever.
  • You drink three or more alcoholic beverages each day.
  • You have ulcers or bleeding in the intestines or stomach.
  • You have kidney, liver or heart disease.
  • You have a bleeding disorder or take a medication to thin the blood.

Posted: July 2011


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