Pain Killers: What Are They and When to Use Them

What Are Pain Killers?

Pain killers are medicines that help us feel better when we have aches or pains.

Types of Pain

These medicines can help with pains from things like a headache, a sore throat, or a scraped knee.

Common Pain Killers

Some familiar names are aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Aspirin is good for headaches and to reduce fever.

When to Use Aspirin

It helps with swelling, fevers, and pains.

When to Use Ibuprofen

When to Use Acetaminophen

Great for headaches and fevers, but doesn't reduce swelling.

What to Ask Before Taking Them

Always ask an adult and make sure it's safe to take with any other medicines you're using.

How Much to Take

Only take the amount the bottle says, or that an adult gives you.

If you're still feeling bad after taking medicine, tell an adult. You might need to see a doctor.