A 37-year-old member asked:
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is it better to take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin for a fever?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Either: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an antipyretic so it is helpful with fever. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory and addresses both fever and inflammation. With stubborn fevers people often alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) (every 4 hours) and Ibuprofen (can be taken every 6 hours). Some people find one works better than the other for them. Be sure you are drinking well when taking ibuprofen.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014

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