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OTC Pain Medication (Silver Bullet Remedy)

The combination of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication such as Ibuprofen (eg. Advil), when taken together with Acetaminophen (eg. Tylenol), has been demonstrated in a number of studies to provide superior pain control to either drug alone or in combination with an oral narcotic. We concur with the sequence that NOLS uses, which was chosen because it’s easy to remember and avoids exceeding maximum daily doses:

  • 1000 mg Acetaminophen (every 8 hours) taken along with
  • 800 mg Ibuprofen (every 8 hours).

 

These curricula recommendations have been adopted from NOLS Wilderness Medicine and have been edited to conform to the standards
set by Center for Wilderness Safety and the Wilderness Medical Society in accordance with the WMS National Practice Guidelines.

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