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How bad is it to take Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) for a hangover?

How bad is it to take Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) for a hangover?

Not bad: It's not bad, just remember to drink lots of fluids and don't take them on an empty stomach. The better solution is to try and not get a hangover in the first place. You can do this by not drinking excessively and staying hydrated. If you're getting hangovers every time you drink, then you should think long and hard about your drinking habits. ...Read more

Hangover (Definition)

Various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following the consumption of wine, beer and distilled spirits. Hangovers can last for several hours or for more than 24 hours. Typical symptoms of a hangover may include headache, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, absence of hunger, depression, sweating, ...Read more


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I always take medication (advil or Tylenol) for my period cramps. Can this indicate too high prostaglandins?

I always take medication (advil or Tylenol) for my period cramps. Can this indicate too high prostaglandins?

Period cramps: Prostaglandins can create severe uterine contractions, causing cramps. Endometriosis is a condition which can produce ever increasing menstrual cramps, and can lead to infertility. Talk with your gyn provider about low dose oral contraceptives, which can reduce your cramps, and protect your fertility capacity. ...Read more

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I took 2 advil this morning around 9 am and just took some tylenol around 3 PM. When could I take my meloxicam?

I took 2 advil this morning around 9 am and just took some tylenol around 3 PM. When could I take my meloxicam?

Meloxicam: Advil is an anti inflammatory and works 6-8 hours. Therefore you could safely take another anti inflammatory 8 hours after 9am ie. You can take Meloxicam at 5pm. ...Read more

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I take 20 mg lexapro daily. I have a head cold. Can I take advil. Tylenol doesn't seem to help?

Med interactions.: Per Drugs. Com drug interaction checker, there is moderate potential for a drug interaction when escitalopram & ibuprofen are mixed. There is ^ bleeding risk BUT this is more likely if there is renal/ hepatic disease or you are elderly. Many people take this medication combination with no problems. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Took 2 Advil (ibuprofen) liqui gels (200) at 12:30, 2 regular strength tylenols (325 each) 5:30, and another regular at 7:15pm. How soon safely can I take more?

Took 2 Advil (ibuprofen) liqui gels (200) at 12:30, 2 regular strength tylenols (325 each) 5:30, and another regular at 7:15pm. How soon safely can I take more?

See below: Without knowing whether you have normal kidney function as well normal liver function it difficult to answer. If everything is normal, the advil can be taken every 8 hours, and tylenol (acetaminophen) every 6 hours but no more than what is recommended on the packaging. ...Read more

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Dentist told me to take 2 Advil & 2 reg strength Tylenol at same time 3 times every 4 hour after a root canal, seems like a lot of meds, is this safe?

Dentist told me to take 2 Advil & 2 reg strength Tylenol at same time 3 times every 4 hour after a root canal, seems like a lot of meds, is this safe?

Sounds like a lot: Two regular strength Advil and two regular strength Tylenol, 3 times, would equal 6 Advil and 6 Tylenol. That would mean 12 pills every 4 hours, or 72 pills every day. Maybe the dentist's instructions are confusing the patient. Best for the patient to call the dentist and verify how to take the pain-relief medication. ...Read more

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I've had a juicy cough, body aches. Fevers have ranged from 99.5-101.2. 3rd night and it hit 102. I haven't taken Tylenol & can't take Advil. Advice??

I've had a juicy cough, body aches. Fevers have ranged from 99.5-101.2. 3rd night and it hit 102. I haven't taken Tylenol & can't take Advil. Advice??

See doctor: You can take tylenol for the fever and cough syrup but with fevers that high you may have something serious like pneumonia. If your fevers persist or if you are short of breath at all see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Advil/Tylenol, or any pain reliever for migraines, while on the pill? I am on COC called Micropil.

Is it ok to take Advil/Tylenol, or any pain reliever for migraines, while on the pill? I am on COC called Micropil.

Yes: Hi Sara,
Both Advil and Tylenol are safe to take while on a COC. If you take Advil, make sure you take it with food and a full glass of water to avoid stomach upset. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How many pain killers like ibuprofen tylenol/advil can a person take per month?

How many pain killers like ibuprofen tylenol/advil can a person take per month?

Limit use: 2400mg maximum of ibuprofen (advil) per day. Acetaminophen (tylenol), no more than 2000mg/day to be relatively safe. There are risks even with lower doses. ...Read more

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I'm currently on Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). Is it ok to take the occasional Excedrin or Advil? Tylenol doesn't really help my headaches.

I'm currently on Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). Is it ok to take the occasional Excedrin or Advil? Tylenol doesn't really help my headaches.

Occasional ok: Occasional Motrin is ok. However ssris affect platelet aggregation which can lead to easy bruising. Take Motrin with food or milk to avoid developing a gastric ulcer. If you are having migraines often consider Topamax (topiramate) or elavil for prevention. ...Read more

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I have atypical neuralgia and so far just take Advil which doesn't help. Is there a more effective pain med without Tylenol as I'm allergic to it?

I have atypical neuralgia and so far just take Advil which doesn't help. Is there a more effective pain med without Tylenol as I'm allergic to it?

NSAIDS do not help: Neuralgia (neuropathic pain) does not respond well to anti inflammatory medicines. True neuralgia first line med should be low dose Amitriptyline an hr before bed. OR Gabapentin slowly increasing the dose over 1 month with meals to tolerate side effects OR lyrica (pregablin) start at bed time low dose. DIet exercise no alcohol no cigarettes, 8 -10 hrs of sleep/ night. See your primary care f ...Read more

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I'm a social drinker and hear scary stories re: Advil and Tylenol and its affects. If I take one excedrin is it dangerous to liver if I have cocktail?

I'm a social drinker and hear scary stories re: Advil and Tylenol and its affects. If I take one excedrin is it dangerous to liver if I have cocktail?

Maybe its worth...: ...asking why you feel the need to take analgesics? You're of course also right in raising concern about the effects of alcohol in potentiating liver disease. ...Read more

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I am nursing a one month old. Can I take Advil cold and Sinus for a cold? If so, can I take it with Tylenol 3? I take one for back pain until I do xray

I am nursing a one month old. Can I take Advil cold and Sinus for a cold? If so, can I take it with Tylenol 3? I take one for back pain until I do xray

Advil Cold and Sinus: Advil Cold and Sinus contains pseudoephedrine which decreases breast milk supply. Avoid Advil Cold and Sinus while breastfeeding. Also avoid Tylenol #3 as it contains codeine which passes into breast milk. Okay to take plain tylenol or advil for pain. More about cold and allergy remedies while breastfeeding:
http://kellymom. Com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/cold-remedy/ ...Read more

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I'm on sprintec birth control pills, what cold/ flu medication can I take that won't effect my birth control? What pain killers (Advil, tylenol)?

I'm on sprintec birth control pills, what cold/ flu medication can I take that won't effect my birth control? What pain killers (Advil, tylenol)?

Ok to take: There are no drug interactions with common combination cold and sinus over the counter medications, such as Advil (ibuprofen) Cold and Sinus which contains Ibuprofen. You can also take Acetominophen. ...Read more

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Hello, sore throat 15 days, antibiotics 9 days, take Tylenol/Advil Prn but still majorly hurts to move my tounge...Help. I've taken naproxen at night,?

Hello, sore throat 15 days, antibiotics 9 days, take Tylenol/Advil Prn but still majorly hurts to move my tounge...Help. I've taken naproxen at night,?

See a doctor: There are some possible complications of a sore throat, such as peritonsillar abscess, or epiglottitis, that would need treatment urgently, as they can be dangerous, so I have to advise that you be seen and examined by a physician or other qualified provider. I wish you well. ...Read more

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I sore around my feet ankles from Brisk walking not done it in while. Should I wait until it heals beside I brisk walk again? Advil or Tylenol for it

I sore around my feet ankles from Brisk walking not done it in while. Should I wait until it heals beside I brisk walk again? Advil or Tylenol for it

Is it an open sore?: Is it an open sore? Or are you sore from the walkin? . I suspect the latter. After an injury usually the recommendation is to ice and rest. Depending on your total health the above meds can be used. If thisis a persistent problem you need an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is Tylenol better than Advil for headache?

Is Tylenol better than Advil for headache?

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. ...Read more

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Got a pill from a friend I recently got a pill from a friend. He told me it was like tylenol or advil. It is red on one half and blue on the other, with a white stripe separating the colours in the middle. It is a capsule shape. I have taken one with no

A: A number of things should be noted from your questions. First - it is generally not a good practice to take medication, whether "over-the-counter" or prescription, from someone else. Even well intentioned friends may not know important details of your medical history that may make it unwise or dangerous to use certain medications. Second - "tylenol" is a brand name for acetaminophen, and "advil" is a brand name for ibuprofen. Although both of these medications can be used for fever or pain reduction, they are different types of medication. Whether either of them is safe or correct for you to use could only be determined based on your medical background: important facts would include medications you may take for chronic conditions, and any history of allergies or intolerance of other medications. Third - there are many online "pill identifier" websites now; but the medication you are referring to may not be referenced since it is an over-the-counter product. Better to consult with your physician about what medications are right for you, and take only medication that you can verify by it's source bottle or package. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a brow lift and tylenol/advil are not helping?

See doc: I would normally give some narcotic pain medication after this operation. I would see your doc and let him/her examine you to make sure u are not having any complications and to possibly be given a prescription for stronger medication. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to tylenol/advil that can relieve pain from a brow lift?

What are some alternatives to tylenol/advil that can relieve pain from a brow lift?

Ice: Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen or narcotic pain medications are all very helpful. However, icing your forehead and eyes can also be very effective at preventing swelling, bruising and reducing pain. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen weber, M.D.
Lone tree facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it okay to stagger doses of tylenol/advil for feverish child (5 yrs old)?

Is it okay to stagger doses of tylenol/advil for feverish child (5 yrs old)?

Why ever???: Fever is a normal body response that increases metabolism, heart rate & breathing to fight infection. It is a sign not the problem. I find it abusive to wake a child for fever meds or constantly be giving something in the false hope that it does something good. Kids need ample fluids, nutrition & rest to recover from an illness. If I choose to medicate I pick the longer acting drug & stick with it ...Read more

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I have tension headaches almost every day. Advil/tylenol doesn't always help. What can I do to get rid of them?

I have tension headaches almost every day. Advil/tylenol doesn't always help. What can I do to get rid of them?

Tension Headache?: I believe that your question mush first be answered with a question. Was it a physician who diagnosed your headaches as tension headaches? If the answer is yes, there may be choices of additional meds that can be added to the AdvilTylenol. However it should be the diagnosing physician who should add additional meds. If you made the diagnosis of "tension" headache" consider consulting a neurologist ...Read more

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My daughter had her tonsils out yesterday. I just gave her 1 mil of morphine at 7:10pm. Would it be fine to give her a dose of tylenol and advil at 9?

Alternate: You can give Tylenol at 9 pm and alternate
Advil and tylenol every 4-6 hours until better.
Then, you can give Advil every 6-8 hrs, fluids and
hydration is important next 2-5 days.
Any further questions, you can set up a virtual appt
thru healthtap with me, welcome Dr. Ivy Fisher! ...Read more

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What might be wrong with my neck/back? Stabbing pain for more than 5 days. First noticed when seated at computer, having been online for more than two hours. Pain is consistent, does not respond to tylenol or advil. Using ice packs makes negligible diff

What might be wrong with my neck/back? Stabbing pain for more than 5 days. First noticed when seated at computer, having been online for more than two hours. Pain is consistent, does not respond to tylenol or advil. Using ice packs makes negligible diff

You: You may have strained the muscles/joints in your neck. I would recommend resting your neck, adjusting your computer screen so you do not have to look up or down, regular anti-inflammatory (discuss with your doctor what is safe for you) and hot shower and neck stretches once or twice a day. If this does not work then you should see your doctor for assessment and physical therapy.

Stretching routine
1. Hot shower to loosen neck
2. Place neck in following positions and hold your head in that position with your hand. Relax your neck and slowly try to increase the stretch over days-weeks.

Flex head forward x 30 secs
extend head x 30 secs
turn right x 30 secs
turn left x 30 secs
bend right x 30 secs
bend left x 30 secs

repeat 3 times.
You may repeat this routine daily. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can enlarged spleen cause pain in shoulder&back? What is best way to relieve this? Alternate advil/tylenol no longer working. Waiting for appt w/speclst

Check with your Doc: Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be harmful for your liver and Ibuprofen can increase your risk of bleeding. There are other safer options for pain control for your situation but those are prescription medications. ...Read more

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Took first dose ever of 220mg 6 hrs ago. 2 hours ago took 500mg Tylenol- didn't help menstrual cramps. Just took 400mg Advil (ibuprofen). Is this ok?

Took first dose ever of 220mg 6 hrs ago. 2 hours ago took 500mg Tylenol- didn't help menstrual cramps. Just took 400mg Advil (ibuprofen). Is this ok?

OK: OK for now, but I wouldn't take any more medicine for cramps for at least six hours. Try a hot water bottle or warm bath. ...Read more

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I want to cleanse from the pain killers (tylenol, advil, (ibuprofen) & aleve) I've been taking for cronic headaches. How long before its all out of my system?

I want to cleanse from the pain killers (tylenol, advil, (ibuprofen) & aleve) I've been taking for cronic headaches. How long before its all out of my system?

Chronic NSAID's+Tyl: These medications won't be detectible in your system within a few days after last use. Multiple problems are associated with long term use of these medications & some can persist even after complete cessation. Chances are you have not exhausted your body's reserve in handling these medications. Don't be surprised if your gerd (profile) & headaches improve after you stop these. ...Read more

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Child, 15monthold, fever of 103 for 3, 5 days, brings down after Advil/Tylenol. Eats/drinks well. A little bit runny nose, slight cough. Can wait or doc?

Child, 15monthold, fever of 103 for 3, 5 days, brings down after Advil/Tylenol. Eats/drinks well. A little bit runny nose, slight cough. Can wait or doc?

Fever: With that high temp it is always advisable to have him evaluated. Sometimes a child can have 3-4 days of high fever and as the fever goes down they break out into a rash this condition is called Roseola Infantum which is viral in nature. ...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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Tylenol (Definition)

Acetaminophen (tylenol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more