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?
NOT NECESSARILY TRUE . Faced with an unnatural rise in estrogen, some steroid users will then take a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors , which are designed to block the production of estrogen in women with breast cancer, Weinerman says. That's right: It's a breast cancer drug. And aside from the obvious danger in further messing with hormones, guys who turn to aromatase inhibitors can have side effects like joint and muscle pain, the loss of sex drive, and the loss of bone density, which can then result in osteoporosis, according to a Susan G. Komen Foundation report .