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Is tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin better for older adults for the flu?

Is tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin better for older adults for the flu?

Both work, but...: Both are effective at reducing fever, aches and pains. Both are generally safe, in appropriate doses. Motrin is antiinflammatory, tylenol (acetaminophen) is not. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can affect liver function, especially in drinkers. Motrin can irritate stomachs, can cause bleedingulcers, or kidney problems. Side effects/risks can vary with underlying medical condition, other meds, dosage, and duration of use. Ask your doc. ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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My 5 year old son had tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 6 days ago. He could not take the pain med. So alternating Tylenol and motrin. He is still screaming in pain, refusing to drink. We've already taken him to ER for fluids, he was moderately dehydrated. S

My 5 year old son had tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 6 days ago. He could not take the pain med. So alternating Tylenol and motrin. He is still screaming in pain, refusing to drink. We've already taken him to ER for fluids, he was moderately dehydrated. S

Mgt: I would suggest calling your surgeon's office or answering service right away. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin may be given in sips or mixed with something that tastes better. Please monitor his fluid intake and his temperature. He should not have any breathing difficulty or fever. ...Read more

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I’m allergic to Motrin and seem to be allergic to Tylenol what Can I take for pain?

I’m allergic to Motrin and seem to be allergic to Tylenol what Can I take for pain?

Unusual: Please tell us what kind of reaction (and how soon after) you have to Motrin and Tylenol to allow us to give you some guidance. ...Read more

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My son has a 102 temp and what is better children's Tylenol or children's motrin?

My son has a 102 temp and what is better children's Tylenol or children's motrin?

Either: Fever - need to treat only if child is uncomfortable. Fever is the body's response to infection. Tylenol can be dosed every 4-6 hours, motrin every 6-8 hours. Both are effective. ...Read more

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What might be the symptoms of withdrawal from motrin/tylenol if there is withdrawal from these meds?

What might be the symptoms of withdrawal from motrin/tylenol if there is withdrawal from these meds?

None: I've never heard of a patient experiencing withdrawals from either of those medications. The only thing I can think of might be a recurrence of pain if you have been taking either of them for awhile. ...Read more

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How are motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) different?

How are motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) different?

Both help with pain: But Motrin is an antiinflamatory as well. This blocks prostaglandins wich causes inflamation and pain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a simple pain reliever and not an antiiinflamatory agent. Motrin can cause ulcers, kidney failure, and possibly cardivascular enents such as heart attacks. ...Read more

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Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin together?

Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin together?

Yes: These are different types of medications and do not interact with each other. Motrin is an NSAID which is both anti-inflammatory and for pain and fever. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a pain and fever reliever. You should discuss your pain medicine regimen with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin together?

Is it ok to take tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin together?

Yes: Tylenol (generic name: acetaminophen) and Motrin (generic name: ibuprofen) are different drugs, and can be taken together. Just make sure that you don't take more than the recommended dose of either drug, and that you don't take other medications (like cold medicines, or other pain medicines) that have Acetaminophen in them too. Also, avoid nsaids (like motrin) in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin?

What is the difference between tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin?

One is an analgesic: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is in the class of analgesics that will help with the pain and reduce your fever.
Motrin is an anti-inflammatory that reduces the inflammation and swelling and will secondarily reduce pain to the area. ...Read more

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How much Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin can my son have who is #115?

How much Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin can my son have who is #115?

You can choose: If you are giving Children's Tylenol (acetaminophen) you can give 15mL every 4 hours and 15mL of Children's Motrin every 6-8 hours. OR you can give an actual adult dose since he is 12 of 1 tablet/capsule of Motrin 200mg every 6 hours or 1 tablet/capsule of Tylenol (acetaminophen) 250mg every 4 hours.
Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Are motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) multi symptom safe to take together?

Are motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) multi symptom safe to take together?

Who knows?: Orthodoxy might align Motrin & tylenol (acetaminophen) as compatible classes of molecules. Likely no double blinded placebo controlled study of this matter. Therefore safety unknown. One speculation is to minimize exposure of the body to small pharmaceutical synthetics. Tylenol (acetaminophen) & Motrin both purport to treat pain. Use combinations under direction of a doctor. ...Read more

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What is best to give childrens motrin or childrens tylenol (acetaminophen)?

What is best to give childrens motrin or childrens tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Both are OK: Both are fine to use in the appropriate doses. Check with your provider for the appropriate dose for your child's age and weight. Make sure there are no allergies to these medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to take 500mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) while taking motrin 800mg?

Tylenol/Ibuprofen: Yes as long as you don't overdose on them. Maximum dose for tylenol (acetaminophen) is 4000mg/1day and 2400-3200mg/1 day for Motrin (ibuprofen). Also make sure you take food with Motrin as this can cause GI upset/gastritis. ...Read more

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I've heard you can take tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin when you're sick. How can I take both or rotate them and still be safe?

I've heard you can take tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin when you're sick. How can I take both or rotate them and still be safe?

Any old way.: There is no significant interaction between the two medications. One may take them together or completely independently. Do not exceed dosages stated on the bottle for either medication. ...Read more

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I've heard you can take tylenol (acetaminophen) \u0026 motrin when you're sick. How can I take both or rotate them and still be safe?

I've heard you can take tylenol (acetaminophen) \u0026 motrin when you're sick. How can I take both or rotate them and still be safe?

Typo?: Tylenol (acetaminophen) should be used every six hours, as should advil (400mg). If having bad aches or fevers / or both, offset dose times by 3 hours for one med. Ex.: tylenol (acetaminophen) @ 06, 12, 6p, mn and then advil at 09, 3p, 9p, 3a. If that uncomfortable, probably should see your dr. Or an urgent care. ...Read more

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What is harder on your kidneys, tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin?

What is harder on your kidneys, tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin?

Excellent question: Acute, short term use is fine for either. Chronic daily use for either e.g. 4-6 tabs/day for years can be harmful to the kidneys.
Alternating tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin doses on a daily basis is actually more harmful than taking either one exclusively.
If you need long term pain relief, discuss safety issues and alternatives with your doctor. ...Read more

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Less side effects: motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Less side effects: motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Both help with pain: But Motrin is an antiinflamatory as well. This blocks prostaglandins wich causes inflamation and pain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a simple pain reliever and not an antiiinflamatory agent. Motrin can cause ulcers, kidney failure, and possibly cardivascular enents such as heart attacks. ...Read more

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What is the difference between motrin, tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil?

What is the difference between motrin, tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil?

Motrin=advil: Motrin and advil are brand names of ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Tylenol is the brand name for acetaminophen, another pain reliever. You can save some money and just go for either Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen and skip the name brands. ...Read more

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Why doesn't motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) work for my baby's teething pain?

Why doesn't motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) work for my baby's teething pain?

Because it hurts: Analgesics can only do so much. Use a teething ring that can be chilled. Make appt w Pedodontist, a Pediatric Dental Specialist now, but no later than 1st b'day. ...Read more

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What pain medications are available for a person that is allergic to tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin?

What pain medications are available for a person that is allergic to tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin?

It depends: The answer depends on the symptoms associated with the tylenol (acetaminophen) and if the Motrin reaction extends to other nsaids (aspirin etc). True allergy to Acetaminophen (tylenol (acetaminophen)) is unusual. If there is NSAID sensitivity, most can tolerate Celebrex (despite the warning) since being a cox-2 antagonist. Non-salicylate analgesics like Disalcid or trilisate are an option, but more GI intolerance present. ...Read more

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How much tylenol (acetaminophen) (160mg per 5ml) should I give my one year old who weights 20.5lbs. And how much motrin (120mg per 5ml)?

How much tylenol (acetaminophen) (160mg per 5ml) should I give my one year old who weights 20.5lbs. And how much motrin (120mg per 5ml)?

5 ml: You can give 5 ml of tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or 5 ml of motrin. The tylenol (acetaminophen) can be given every 4-6 hours, up to 5 times in 24 hours and the Motrin can be given every 6 hours.
http://ramseypediatric. Com/pediatrics-blog/tylenol (acetaminophen)-doses-for-infants-and-children/tylenol (acetaminophen)-for-infants/. ...Read more

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My 1yr olds temp has been steady at 102:5 even with tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin altrenate. Dr said its viral, and temp has spiked to 103:9. How long wil?

My 1yr olds temp has been steady at 102:5 even with tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin altrenate. Dr said its viral, and temp has spiked to 103:9. How long wil?

No need to worry: No one can know if this will last hours or days, but 103.9 is not dangerously high. Fever is a key aspect of how we fight infections- microbes don't survive at high temperature ; our white blood cells work better. Drugs to reduce fever may help someone feel better temporarily but prolong infections! His temp. Might be even higher if you hadn't given meds but no need to worry unless 106 or so! ...Read more

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Better for muscle knots - tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin?

Better for muscle knots - tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin?

Motrin: If its pain due to inflammation, I prefer motrin, some people prefer tylenol, (acetaminophen) depends on what you respond to, sometimes one each of both are taken together. ...Read more

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What is teradol is it really a liquid form of motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Toradol: Is a different NSAID alltogether. It comes in liquid, im, IV and pill form... But it is harsher on your stomach. It works typicall well, but you have to be careful! ...Read more

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Acetaminophen (Definition)

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