Tylenol Vs Advil
Tylenol and Advil are both used to reduce fever, and relief of pain from headaches, muscle aches, and other minor aches and pains. Tylenol and Advil are different by the way of their chemical structure and side-effects. Both are used to relieve general body aches and pain including headache pain, and to reduce fever.
There is one term that we often hear or see, which is NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). NSAIDS are a classification of medications that are used for aches and pains by the way of reducing inflammation. Commonly used NSAIDs are Ibuprofen, Celebrex, and Naproxen. Although Tylenol is used for minor aches and pains, it does not work on cells that are inflamed. Tylenol does not work as an anti-inflammatory medication
Tylenol is often used for minor aches and pains, headaches and to reduce fever.
Advil contains Ibuprofen. It is used for headaches, toothaches, arthritis, minor aches and pain in the muscles and joints. It is also used as a fever reducer.
Tylenol, although it is used for minor aches and pain, it is not an anti-inflammatory. Tylenol is not effective for sprains, muscle spasms or arthritis.
Advil is considered to be an anti-inflammatory. Therefore it will work in relief of pain from muscle spasm and reduce inflammation.
Tylenol: The recommended adult dosage for Tylenol is 1-2 tablets every 4 hours, not to exceed 8 tablets in a 24 hour period.
Advil recommended dosage:
- Adult (over the age of 12): 1-2 tablets every 4 hours, not to exceed 6 tablets within a 24 hour period.
- Children under the age of 12 should take children's Advil and follow the recommended dosage on the label.
Tylenol: Tylenol effects the liver and may cause liver toxicity. If you notice yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, fatigue, or any other type of allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
Advil: Advil is known to cause gastric disturbances and should be taken with food. Advil may cause constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, gas, heartburn, nausea, stomach pain or upset.
Immediate medical attention should be sought for any signs of an allergic reaction which includes:
rash, hives, itching, swelling of the mouth, lips or tongue, bloody or black, tarry stools.
Advil is more powerful and longer lasting than Tylenol. Both are good fever reducers. Tylenol and Advil are considered to be safe if taken during pregnancy. However, as with any medication, those who are pregnant should consult with their physician before taking any medication that is not prescribed including over the counter medications.
Advil and Tylenol may interact with other medications such as pain medications, and anti-coagulants, muscle relaxants and other over the counter medications. It is advised to consult with your physician prior to taking either of these medications. Other conditions such as the possibility of Reye's syndrome which affects adults as well as children, consult your physician before taking any over the counter medications.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace professional medical attention, medical diagnosis, or medical advice.