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Used pain relievers in past 2 weeks

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For sample persons under age 18, MPAIN2W reports if the person took or used any pain relievers such as aspirin (or Tylenol and the like) during the past 2 weeks.

MPAIN2W is part of the 1981 Child Health Supplement. For more information and related variables about child medication intake, please see MALL2W.

Related Variables about Pain Reliever Use 

  • The main health problem the respondent used the pain reliever for (MPAIN2WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the pain reliever via prescription (MPAIN2WRX),
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of the pain reliever (MPAIN2WDREC), and
  • How often the respondent used the pain reliever in the past 3 months (MPAIN2WFREQ)


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18.


  • 1981