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When you have shoulder pain, over-the-counter pain medication may help. Your doctor also may prescribe pain relievers.
Pain medications may include substances that reduce inflammation (anti-inflammatories), as well as products that relieve pain but do not reduce inflammation. They include:
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs are medications that reduce pain, fever, and inflammation. They may be prescribed by your physician or purchased over the counter. They may be taken orally, and are also available in creams. Your physician can recommend specific products to address your particular needs.
Prescription anti-inflammatory medications include drugs called corticosteroids. The drugs block production of chemicals called prostaglandins that trigger inflammation and pain. They are available by prescription only.
They may be prescribed in two different forms:
NonNSAIDS There are other over-the-counter pain medications that do not reduce inflammation. They include:
If pain persists and/or is severe, talk to your doctor.