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A 41-year-old female asked:

is tylenol better than advil for headache?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Tylenol: They both may relieve headache. Advil has an additional effect of being anti-inflammatory and Tylenol does not but doesn't irritate the stomach lining or cause fluid retention. Because of this I would favor taking Tylenol if it's effective.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Depends upon the type of headache, but mild tension headaches could respond to either. If a mild migraine, have found Aleve to be more effective than Advil. Tylenol is best in those who have sensitive stomachs.

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Can I alternate giving my baby tylenol and acetaminophen?

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Tylenol (acetaminophen) isn't working the way it used to. Can I increase the dose without hurting my liver?

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