[quote=“urodacus”]Bottle of whiskey.
OTC pain meds are all really soft-core. Try something with two active ingredients, like an aspirin codeine mix, or paracetamol (acetaminophen) with codeine. Ibuprofen is a lot like aspirin in effects and level of pain relief. Any stronger pain medication is going to be hard to find OTC. The next level is minor opiates, like propoxyphene, dextropropoxyphene, and codeine, or unrelated things like tramadol (again only by prescription). Doctors here seem much more reluctant (than their Western counterparts) to prescribe pain relief to outpatients, perhaps from a long culture of drug represssion and erroneous association of minor opiates with drug abuse.
Some people get really good effects with mefenamic acid, a period pain medication, but I have no idea what brand names you’ll find it packaged as here in Taiwan.[/quote]
Good luck. I agree with Namahottie: ibuprofen is an excellent pain reliever. It’s value is increased in my book by being psychoactively inert. No buzz, no fun, but more importantly no pain.
If you decide on paracetamol, don’t consume it too near any consumption of alcohol. Doing so can cause fatal liver damage (it’s a particularly gruesome way to croak).
[quote=“Wikipedia”]Paracetamol is contained in many preparations (both over-the-counter and prescription-only medications). In some animals, for example cats, small doses are toxic. Because of the wide availability of paracetamol there is a large potential for overdose and toxicity. Without timely treatment, paracetamol overdose can lead to liver failure and death within days. It is sometimes used in suicide attempts by those unaware of the prolonged timecourse and high morbidity (likelihood of significant illness) associated with paracetamol-induced toxicity in survivors.
In the UK, sales of over-the-counter paracetamol in pharmacies are restricted to packs of 24 tablets per customer per occasion (only 16 tablets in non-pharmacy stores). In Ireland, the limits are 24 and 12 tablets respectively. In Australia, the limits appear to be 100 and 24 tablets respectively.
Chronic excessive alcohol consumption can induce CYP2E1, thus increasing the potential toxicity of paracetamol. For this reason, other analgesics such as aspirin or ibuprofen are sometimes recommended for hangovers.