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Top Over-the-Counter Health Products

Pharmacists from across the nation submit their recommendations

Best Over The Counter Health Products


Choosing the right medicine can be confusing with so many options on the shelves. .

There are so many over-the-counter (OTC) products out there, but how do you know what is best? For 20 years, Pharmacy Times has asked pharmacists nationwide for their annual recommendations. From this year's report, AARP has a look at the top three recommendations for each of the pain and inflammation categories.  

  • Headache products

30% — Advil

24% — Excedrin

21% — Tylenol

25% — Other

  • Migraine headache products

72% — Excedrin Migraine

13% — Advil Migraine

8% — Aleve

7% — Other 

  • Oral anti-inflammatory products

44% — Advil

28% — Aleve

26% — Motrin

2% — Other

  • Oral arthritis pain relievers

30% — Aleve

27% — Tylenol Arthritis Pain

26% — Advil

17% — Other

  • Oral pain relievers (adult)

58% — Orajel

23% — Anbesol

5% — Kank-A

14% — Other 

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) products

54% — Icy Hot Smart Relief TENS Therapy

22% — Omron Electrotherapy Pain Relief Device

21% — Aleve Direct Therapy

3% — Other

The full report listed more than 150 over-the-counter product categories and noted that the recommendations from the thousands of pharmacists surveyed nationwide are based solely on brand-name products in cases where generics may be present.


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