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Doctor insights on: Aspirin Vs Ibuprofen For Arthritis

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Does ibuprofen help to treat arthritis differently from aspirin?

Does ibuprofen help to treat arthritis differently from aspirin?

No: Both Aspirin and Ibuprofen (motrin) are antiinflammatories. They block the production of the same substances in the body. Aspirin needs to be taken more often then ibuprofen.

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Have ulcerative colitis. Taking Lialda for four years. Can I take Celebrex (celecoxib) for arthritis pain? I know I can't use aspirin or ibuprofen.

Have ulcerative colitis. Taking Lialda for four years. Can I take Celebrex (celecoxib) for arthritis pain? I know I can't use aspirin or ibuprofen.

Yes for short time: If your IBD is in remission then, you can use Celebrex (celecoxib) for up to 14 days without risk to your IBD. Otherwise, no there is a contraindication against the drug.

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Im allergic to aspirin can I take advil (ibuprofen)?

ASA Allergy: That is a difficult question to answer. Many people allergic to asa, especially asthma and respiratory or swelling symptoms are also allergic to most of the nsaids (advil, motrin, ibuprofen, naproxen). It would be safest to meet with your allergist to discuss your past reactions and the safety of using. And to consider an oral challenge.

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Im on aspirin therapy, can I take advil (ibuprofen)?

Im on aspirin therapy, can I take advil (ibuprofen)?

No advisable: Too much of these can cause GI bleeding that can be a big problem.

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I'm allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen are there any alternatives?

I'm allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen are there any alternatives?

Why do you need it?: These medicines are used for different reasons. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can sometimes help with fever, but it is not as good of an anti-inflamatory medication. Asprin has been shown to help reduce heart attacks in patients at risk, and if necessary see an allergist so s/he can evaluate if you need asprin, and if "asprin desensitization" is medically necessary.

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If i get hives from ibuprofen how do I know if i can still take aspirin?

If i get hives from ibuprofen how do I know if i can still take aspirin?

Nsaids: This is atricky one, you may or may not be allergic to aspirin, you should consult an allergist for a detailed history and possible testing.

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What pain medication can I take if i'm allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen?

What pain medication can I take if i'm allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen?

Opioids: Allergy to nsaids like Aspirin and inbuprofen does limit some options. It does not limit the use of opioids (narcotics) like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine.

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I took a BC powder (845 mg aspirin) around 6 pm, can I take ibuprofen (800mg) a little bit after due to toothache ?

No: Typically we tell patients to avoid taking both aspirin and ibuprofen together as they have similar mechanisms of action and can cause adverse effects (GI bleeding, etc).

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Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Chicken pox: While you are indeed correct that Aspirin use has been associated with reye's , this is not the case with any of the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid's). So it is fine to use Ibuprofen with chicken pox.

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I am experiencing headache (occured: 1 - 3 hours) (quality: occurs at the same time of day, dull or achy) (better by: rest, ibuprofen or aspirin (nsai?

I am experiencing headache (occured: 1 - 3 hours) (quality: occurs at the same time of day, dull or achy) (better by: rest, ibuprofen or aspirin (nsai?

Can't be exact about: The cause of headaches because there are several major types, e.g., vascular, sinus, muscular, tension, etc. Please see you doc so he/she can examine you and give you the proper treatment for the type of headache you have. Sorry you are dealing w/this. Peace and good health. After seeing doc, biofeedback or clinical hypnosis may be helpful (www.asch.net).

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I took 5 ibuprofen of 200mg and 2 aspirin of 250mg..is that going to cause in damage?

I took 5 ibuprofen of 200mg and 2 aspirin of 250mg..is that going to cause in damage?

Not likely: Unless your stomach lining is extraordinarily sensitive to the ulcerative aspect of this dosage, you should suffer no harm and it might alleviate the pain you were treating. Best to be cautious about dosing even with over the counter products.

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Can I take ibuprofen and aspirin together to relieve headache?

Bleeding risk: Not recommended - this combo would increase your bleeding risk.

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Can i take advil, (ibuprofen) lisinopril , and aspirin?

Can i take advil, (ibuprofen) lisinopril , and aspirin?

Be careful: Generally I do not recommend this combination. Ibuprofen and Lisinopril together can trigger kidney failure especially if the patient becomes dehydrated. Secondly long term use of Ibuprofen can actually raise blood pressure reducing the effectiveness of the lisinopril. That being said, it is usually ok to use for 2-3 days, or every other day but only 400 -800 mg a day of ibuprofen.

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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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more