At Your Appointment

Over-the-Counter Pain Relief Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Is your OTC pain reliever managing your pain effectively?
  • How severe is your pain? On a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the worst pain you have ever had.
  • Are you only using one type of OTC pain reliever?
  • What prescription medicines do you take? What other OTC medicines or supplements are you using?
  • Have you started or stopped any of your prescription medicines?
  • Do you need occasional pain relief or is your pain constant?
  • What other symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do you have any medication allergies?
  • What medical conditions do you have, such as a bleeding disorder or kidney, liver or heart disease? How are you treating and managing them?
  • How much alcohol do you typically drink daily?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your OTC pain reliever?
  • What is the safest OTC pain reliever for me based on my medical history?
  • What are the potential side effects?
  • How much and how often should I take the OTC pain reliever you are recommending?
  • Are there OTC pain relievers or other OTC medicines I should avoid?
  • Will any of my other medications interact with OTC pain relievers?
  • How long is it safe to use my OTC pain reliever?
  • What are my options if I'm still having pain on my OTC pain reliever?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to help relieve my pain?
  • Is it possible to treat the underlying cause of my chronic pain?
  • Could another medicine control my pain better with fewer side effects?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. OTC Pain Medications: The Pros and Cons. Pharmacy Times. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2017/august2017/otc-pain-medications-the-pros-and-c...
  2. Pain Relievers: Understanding Your OTC Options. American Academy of Family Physicians. https://familydoctor.org/pain-relievers-understanding-your-otc-options/