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Main health problem used pain relievers for

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For sample persons under age 18 who took pain relievers in the past 2 weeks (MPAIN2W), MPAIN2WPROB reports the main health problem for which the person took or used the medication. MPAIN2WPROB is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement.

Related Variables about Pain Reliever Use 

For those who respond "yes" to MPAIN2W, the following information is also collected:

  • Whether the respondent obtained the pain medicine via prescription (MPAIN2WRX),
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of pain medicine (MPAIN2WDREC), and
  • How often the respondent used the pain medicine in the past 3 months (MPAIN2WFREQ)

For a complete list of the medicines asked about in the Medicine Use section, please see MALL2W.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who took pain relievers in past two weeks (MPAIN2W).


  • 1981