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What is the most effective otc pain pill for a headache or minor aches?

Asked by Aster (19994points) April 16th, 2012

I’m going to have a large cyst removed from my scalp and wondered if one OR two Tylenol would be your choice or one OR two IBU’s or what? I don’t know because nothing ever hurts!

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john65pennington's avatar

If you are not allergic to aspirin, then Excedrin is a good choice.

john65pennington's avatar

Additional, having a cyst removed from your scap should not be painful.

JLeslie's avatar

For something cut away, Tylenol is actually very good. Tylenol stops the pain transmission. NSAIDS like ibuprofen and naproxen, most commonly sold as Advil and Alleve respectively, are antinflammatories, which is usually unnecessary after a clean cut done by a doctor. Ask the doctor how much you can take, the perscription amount of aceitomenophen. For instance I know doctors often prescribe 600–800mg of ibuprofen for severe muscle pain, while the OTC label only allows for 400mg in their prescribing information. Which by the way for a headache or cramps the NSAID’s are much better because they not only treat the pain they treat the underlying cause.

Remember, don’t drink alcohol while taking Tylenol.

Aster's avatar

They don’t cut it out; it’s more gruesome than that. They give you shots in your skull (shudder) then make a slice and squeeze out the waxy substance. Gross.

marinelife's avatar

I would go with aspirin-based pain relievers.

Seaofclouds's avatar

For me, Ibuprofen works better than Acetaminophen (Tylenol) does, so I usually take Ibuprofen. Right now I can’t take Ibuprofen, so I’m stuck taking Acetaminophen. If you don’t already know which on works best for you, ask your doctor what their recommendation is.

JLeslie's avatar

Not aspirin. Aspirin increases bleeding, inhibits clotting for healing.

Coloma's avatar

I use either Advil or Alieve I think Alieve works well, kinda like shampoo, gotta switch around to get the best results.

JustPlainBarb's avatar

I swear by Tylenol Extra Strength. It is “gentle” to your stomach and really is effective in controlling pain.

But, I’d ask your doctor for a recommendation in your case. Let them tell you what would work best for you.

Kayak8's avatar

I would be amazed if the doc didn’t send you home with a script for something or a printed instruction paper telling you precisely which OTC pain reliever to use.

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