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What are some over-the-counter pain killers that contain caffeine?

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Over-the-counter pain medications containing caffeine include BC Powder, Midol and Excedrin, according to Drugs.com. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It is combined with aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen as a pain-relieving medication.

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BC Powder is a combination of aspirin, caffeine and salicylamide systemic, reports Drugs.com. Its uses include relief of muscle aches, headaches, fever and pain. Users take the powder by dumping it on the tongue and swallowing; by swallowing and chasing it with water, soda or juice; or by mixing the powder in a liquid before ingesting it, indicates the manufacturer’s website.

Midol Complete contains caffeine to combat the fatigue many women experience with their periods, according to its website. Each caplet contains 60 milligrams of caffeine, so a two-caplet dose has approximately the same caffeine as a cup of coffee. The caffeine in Midol also serves as a diuretic to help reduce bloating. Women using the product should drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, and should avoid other caffeine sources.

Excedrin Extra Strength is another medication with caffeine, reports the company website. Many prescription headache relievers also contain caffeine, making this an over-the-counter alternative for headache sufferers. This combination pain reliever includes acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine. Users should follow the label directions and speak with their health care providers before taking this medication with prescriptions.

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