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Table 1 Commercially available nonprescription NSAIDs

From: A review of the benefits and risks of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the management of mild-to-moderate osteoarthritis

Generic drug name Principal brand name in United States OTC dosage Maximum OTC daily dosagea
Salicylates    
Aspirin Anacin®, Bayer aspirin®, Ecotrin®, Bufferin®, St Joseph® aspirin 650–1000 mg
q4-6h
4000 mg
Propionic acid derivatives    
Ibuprofen Advil®, Midol®, Motrin®, Nuprin® 200–400 mg
q4-6h
1200 mgb
Naproxen Aleve® 220 mg
q8-12hb
660 mgb
Para-aminophenols    
Acetaminophen Tylenol® (plus many combination products) 650–1000 mg
q4-6h
4000 mgb
  1. NSAIDs = nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; OTC = over-the-counter.
  2. aAdministered over a 10-day period.
  3. bPersons aged ≥60 years should check with a physician prior to taking any medication.