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If I have just had an injury, does taking non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen reduce pain as well or more than narcotic pain medication such as Vicodin or Percocet?


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Interestingly, non-narcotic medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen seem to do a little better in acute pain situations. However, you may need to take more than the recommended dose on the label to achieve maximum effect. Typically, you can take 3-4 ibuprofen instead of the 1-2 recommended on the label. Diclofenac is prescription only but may work a little better than the ibuprofen.


1. Jones P, Daziel S, Lamdin R, et. al. Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs versus other oral analgesic agents for acute soft tissue injury. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. July 1, 2015. 2. https://physicianoneurgentcare.com/what-is-urgent-care/urgent-care-cost/


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