In This Episode:
Dr. K explains which over-the-counter (OTC) painkiller is usually safest, and which analgesics are much riskier than people realize. She covers:
- Why frequent aches and pains should always be evaluated by a doctor
- Why harm from OTC painkillers is surprisingly common
- Why acetaminophen (known as paracetamol outside the U.S.) is usually considered the safest OTC analgesic for older adults
- Why non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen are on the Beer’s List of medications older adults should avoid or use with caution
- The most common risks and side-effects of OTC painkillers, and how to avoid them
- The special case of aspirin, which doctors no longer recommend as a painkiller
- Tips on selecting an OTC painkiller and on working with your doctor to treat frequent pain in aging
How to Choose the Safest Over-the-Counter Painkiller for Seniors
- How to Identify Risky Medications for Older Adults
- The 2015 American Geriatrics Society Updated Beers Criteria: Medications that Older Adults Should Avoid or Use with Caution
- Experts Urge Sparing Use of Nonaspirin Painkillers (NSAIDs)
- Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks
- 7 Common Brain-Toxic Drugs Seniors Should Use With Caution
Ghulam Rasul says
me 62 years old, 95kg weight and 5 feet 7 inches hight. mostly blood pressure is 120/80 64 pulse. blood sugar fasting below 100 and random 100 to 130.
i am feeling severe pain mostly in my nerves. pls suggest medicines for me.
i am taking half tablet Lopresor(R) 50 (Metoprolol Tartrate) 50mg at morning time after breakfast.
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