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Children with broken arms do better on a simple over-the-counter painkiller than on a more powerful prescription combination that includes a narcotic, a study found.

It tested ibuprofen, sold as Advil, Motrin and other brands, against acetaminophen plus codeine -- a combo called Tylenol No. 3 that is also sold in generic form.

The children on ibuprofen did better, said the study leader, Dr. Amy Drendel of the Medical College of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee. "They were more likely to play, they ate better and they had fewer adverse effects," she said.

Results were published online today by the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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