What can I take instead of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Instead of relying on one medication to relieve your constant pain, you can switch back and forth between acetaminophen-based painkillers and ibuprofen. You can also try other pain-relieving alternatives:
  • Magnesium for migraines: People with migraines often have lower levels of magnesium than people who do not have migraines. In one study, people who took magnesium had 41.6% fewer migraine attacks compared to 15.8% in those who took a placebo pill.
  • Patch up the back pain: There are multiple medicated patches that target specific areas with much less threat to your liver and kidneys. Thermal patches are helpful, or you can find patches with methyl salicylate and menthol, which will help numb the area.

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