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How do medications treat a sprain?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Usually, the only medications used to treat a sprain are over-the-counter painkillers. These medications may include ibuprofen or acetaminophen, which both help to reduce inflammation and dull pain. Other than that, icing and rest - not really medications - are the main treatments for sprains.

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