Which should you choose?
You may have heard many warnings lately about Tylenol being “dangerous” because of acetaminophen. Tylenol and Ibuprofen are both pain relievers and fever reducers. The primary difference is that Tylenol contains the ingredient acetaminophen, which has been found by the FDA to cause liver damage in the event of an accidental overdose. Ibuprofen reduces inflammation and swelling while Tylenol does not. Which medication you choose should be dependent on your symptoms and should be a decision in agreement between you and your primary care physician.
Initially, Tylenol does have a benefit over Ibuprofen; it does not need to be taken with food. If you are on-the-go and you need pain relief quickly this may be a great option for you. Generally Ibuprofen should be taken with food because it can be irritating to the stomach.
When choosing a quick pain reliever like Tylenol, it is important to remember that accidental acetaminophen poisoning is the leading cause of Tylenol deaths and injuries. If you have suffered alcohol abuse or prior illness may be more susceptible to damage from acetaminophen than the average person. To avoid an accidental overdose it is important to follow the exact dosage on the bottle, for example, never estimating liquid Tylenol measurements with a spoon. Keeping accurate account for how much acetaminophen you have consumed is crucial. Make sure to never combine Tylenol with one of the following over-the-counter medications, as this can put you at risk for an accidentally fatal acetaminophen poisoning, which can result in liver damage or failure.
- Alka-Seltzer Plus
- Vick’s Dayquil and Nyquil
It is always important to consult with your doctor when choosing the proper medication for your medical needs. Choose what is best for your body and what works, always making sure to always follow exact dosage and to be aware of which additional medications you are taking which contain acetaminophen to avoid an accidental overdose.
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