Go easy on over-the-counter painkillers

Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen are great for easing everyday pain. But they can boost blood pressure, be hard on the stomach, and interact with other medications. If you need long-term pain relief, ask your doctor about the best options for you.

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