The best OTC pain reliever for: Headache
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, that works to reduce inflammation. If you have a headache, ibuprofen is the best treatment option, although if you are pregnant or are prone to ulcers, you may not want to take ibuprofen. Instead, take acetaminophen, which does not reduce inflammation, but sends a message to pain receptors. If you’re prone to headaches, avoid these 13 foods that are known to cause them.
The best OTC pain reliever for: Fever
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the pain reliever for regulating the body temperature and relieving any aches and pains which come with a fever. It is also considered the safest medication for children. While acetaminophen does not cause stomach irritation, it should not be used by those who drink alcohol regularly, and if you are taking acetaminophen, make sure to drink more water than usual as these pain relievers can dehydrate and tax the kidneys.