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Hip Pain Medications
Discomfort often may be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen all may be used. Even though these drugs do not require a prescription, each has its own potential for side effects if underlying medical conditions are present. It is worthwhile asking for help from a pharmacist or advising your health-care professional that you are taking a new nonprescription medication. For example, acetaminophen (Tylenol) should be avoided in people with liver disease, while nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen should be taken with care by people taking blood thinners or who have peptic ulcer disease.
Prescription medication use will depend upon the reason for the hip pain. Most often, the medications are directed at treatment of the underlying illness or injury causing the pain. Depending upon the situation, short courses of narcotic or nonnarcotic pain medications with or without muscle relaxants may be used until the underlying condition is resolved.
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