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What are over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines?

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually divided into two categories: acetaminophen and NSAIDs. Acetaminophen helps to relieve pain and reduce fevers; NSAIDs help to reduce pain and swelling. Topical steroids are also available over-the-counter and help to relieve the pain of skin conditions and allergic reactions. All of these products are available in a variety of different forms and brand names.

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