NSAIDs are available as pills, suppositories, liquids and topical gels and patches – and in fast-acting and long-lasting formulas. You may take (or apply) an NSAID once a day or several times. Researchers say both oral and topical formulations are effective for pain, but topical NSAIDs may be better for pain near the surface of the skin, such as the hands and knees. Oral NSAIDs may be better for body wide pain or pain deep within your body.
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