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Study: Best Pain Medicine for Injuries

Narcotics ain’t got nothin’ on what’s in your medicine cabinet—at least where kids are concerned—say Canadian researchers in the March 2007 issue of Pediatrics.

Ibuprofen beat both acetaminophen and codeine when 300 young folks ages 6 to 17 each took one of the three for pain from a musculoskeletal injury (like a break, sprain or strain).

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) works by reducing pain and combating one of its causes, inflammation. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and codeine decrease the brain’s response to pain … in case you were wondering.

Last updated and/or approved: October 2007.
Original article appeared in summer 2007 issue.

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