Dr. Lee: Many pain medications are available over-the-counter
(without a prescription, or OTC) in the . for short-term relief of
joint pain , muscle aches , headache , menstrual cramps , and fever . These OTC
analgesics are generally well tolerated and safe when used properly. But side
effects do occur and in some instances can be serious. Today, we will ask Dr.
William Shiel how to use these analgesics properly in order to minimize risks
and side effects. We will also ask him to compare traditional pain relievers with the newer pain relievers, the selective COX-2
What pain medications are available in this country without a doctor's prescription?