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What are analgesics?

An analgesic is a type of medication used to relieve pain, including pain related to the cold or flu. Acetaminophen is the most common form of analgesic. It helps relieve pain by changing the way the body recognizes pain or discomfort. Common brand names considered an analgesic include Voltaren, Advil, Motrin, Mobic, Celebrex, Ultram, Aleve, Tylenol, Anacin, Capital, Acephen, Endocet, FeverAll, Excedrin, and Wygesic. For the treatment of the cold and flu analgesics are often combined with other decongestants and antihistamines. Some of these combination drugs include Benadryl, Dristan, Allerest, Duradrin, Sinarest, Sine-Off, Sinutab, and Sudafed.

Analgesics are medicines that help to control pain and reduce fever; some types also decrease inflammation. Analgesics that are available over the counter (without a prescription) include aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and naproxen sodium. Prescription-strength pain medicines are also available.

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