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2. Over-the-Counter Pain Medicine

If you have mild to moderate hip pain, anti-inflammatories may help you to feel better. These drugs reduce inflammation, which can decrease pain in joints and muscles. They are typically inexpensive and readily available, and many can be purchased in "PM" formulas that include a sleep aid if your hip problems keep you awake at night. However, long-term use of NSAIDs has been linked to stomach and liver problems, so be sure to consult your doctor if you plan to take them for more than a few days at a time.

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