A: Frequent aches and pains are a common problem for older adults.
If your mother has been complaining, you’ll want to make sure she gets a careful evaluation from her doctor. After all, frequent pain can be the sign of an important underlying health problem that needs attention. You’re also more likely to help your mom reduce her pains if you can help her doctors identify the underlying causes of her pain.
That said, it’s a good idea to ask what over-the-counter analgesics are safest for older people.
That’s because improper use of OTC painkillers is actually a major cause of harm to older adults.
So let me tell you what OTC painkiller geriatricians usually consider the safest, and which very common group of painkillers you should look out for.