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Are over-the-counter painkillers effective for chronic pain?

Over-the-counter painkillers, such as aspirin, can be effective for everyday aches and pains. But chronic pain may require more aggressive treatment than OTC drugs can provide, says Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, chief of pain management at Veterans Affairs.


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